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The Medieval Cult of Saints

The Medieval Cult of Saints
Formations and Transformations

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  • Date Published: May 1997
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2003
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521587167

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  • This book sets new questions and offers innovative models for exploring the economic and artistic formations and reformations of the cult of saints in Medieval Europe together with its underlying social and political dynamic. The author examines a spectrum of cultural practices through more than thirty illustrated cycles of saints' lives in a range of media, published together for the first time: painted manuscripts; silver, gold, and ivory reliquaries; bronze doors; and stained glass. These are set against the history of one monastery, Saint-Amand d'Elnone, where three distinct illustrated versions of its saint's life survive from a hundred-year period, each adapted to a phase within the changing political and economic fortunes of the abbey.

    • Only full length study of this major topic available
    • Author extremely well known for her innovative work in this area
    • A range of media studied, published together for the first time, including painted manuscripts, silver, gold, and ivory reliquaries, bronze doors and stained glass
    • Cross over interest between literature, history and art
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521587167
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 177 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.825kg
    • contains: 206 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2003
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Frequently cited manuscripts
    General introduction
    Part I. Historical Formations of the Cult of Saints:
    1. Formations and transformations of the cult of saints: fourth through twelfth centuries
    2. The historical character of pictorial hagiographies
    Part II. A case study: St. Amand d'elnone 1066–1180:
    3. The formation of a pictorial hagiography: manuscript 502
    4. St. Amand and its cult between 1066 and 1107: manuscript 502
    5. St. Amand and its cult between 1107 and 1180: manuscript 501 and 500
    General conclusions
    Part III. Appendixes:
    1. Cult development for saints whose lives were illustrated, with graphic chart
    2. Map of major sites
    3. Chronology and synopses of pictorial hagiographies
    4. Chart showing distribution of subjects of illustrated saints' lives
    5. Contents and analytic comparisons of the illustrated lives of Saint Amand: manuscripts 502, 501, 500

  • Author

    Barbara Abou-El-Haj, State University of New York, Binghamton

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