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Holy Rulers and Blessed Princesses
Dynastic Cults in Medieval Central Europe

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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038997

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  • Medieval dynasties frequently relied upon the cult of royal saints for legitimacy. After the early medieval emergence of this type of sainthood, in the central Middle Ages most royal dynasties had saints in their family: Edward the Confessor, Olaf, Canute, Louis IX, Charlemagne, the Emperor Henry II, and Wenceslas are some of the best-known examples. Within this context the saints of the Hungarian ruling dynasty - the Arpadians - constitute a remarkable sequence: St Stephen, St Emeric, St Ladislas, St Elizabeth, St Margaret and other central European blessed princesses, whose convents mirrored the Court of Heaven. This sequence of dynastic saints provide an example of the late medieval evolution of royal and dynastic sainthood. Building upon a series of case studies from Hungary and central Europe, Gábor Klaniczay proposes a synthesis of the multiple forms and transformations of royal and dynastic sainthood in medieval Europe.

    • A deeply researched account of medieval Hungarian and central European royal saints, male and female
    • The work of an author deeply and uniquely immersed in the religious and political history of medieval Hungary
    • Contains a rich sequence of little-known images of saints and other images
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    '… opens up a whole world to the anglophone public … Both Gábor Laniczay and the rulers and princesses he writes about deserve a wider audience.' History

    'This book … is a valuable contribution to the study of sanctity in medieval Hungary.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038997
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 91 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of genealogical tables
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. From god-king to sacral kingship
    2. Martyr kings and blessed queens of the Early Middle Ages
    3. Rex iustus: the saintly institutor of Christian kingship
    4. The chaste prince and the athleta patriae
    5. Saintly princesses and their 'heavenly courts'
    6. The cult of dynastic saints as propaganda: the Angevin-Luxemburg synthesis
    Conclusion
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Gábor Klaniczay, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

    Translator

    Eva Pálmai

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