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Sainthood in the Later Middle Ages

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  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521619813

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  • This is a standard work of reference for the study of the religious history of western Christianity in the later middle ages which, since its original publication in French in 1981, has come to be regarded as one of the great contributions to medieval studies of recent times. Hagiographical texts and reports of the processes of canonisation - a mode of investigation into saints' lives and their miracles implemented by the popes from the end of the twelfth century - are here used for the first time as major source materials. The book illuminates the main features of the medieval religious mind, and highlights the popes' attempts to gain firmer control over the wide variety of expressions of faith towards the saints in order to promote a higher pattern of devotion and moral behaviour among Christians.

    • One of the great, monumental works of post-war medieval scholarship, now available for the first time in English
    • Vast scholarly investigation into the lives, supposed miracles and cults of hundreds of medieval saints
    • Major contribution to history, religious studies, art history, sociology and anthropology
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    'A monumental work of scholarship, of vital importance for an understanding of church, popular piety, and sainthood in the high and late Middle Ages.' Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University

    'A massive, comprehensive and very sophisticated study of late medieval saints and their cults.' Stephen Wilson, University of East Anglia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521619813
    • length: 716 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Book 1. The church and the cult of the saints in the medieval west: Part 1. Control of the Cult of the Saints from its Origins to the Thirteenth Century:
    1. Late antiquity and the early middle ages: 'vox populi' and episcopal power (third to tenth century)
    2 .Towards papal reservation of the right of canonisation (eleventh to thirteenth centuries)
    3. The process of canonisation from its origins to its classical form (c. 1200 to c. 1270)
    4. The evolution of the role of canonisation: from control to selection
    5. 'Sancti' and 'beati'
    Part 2: The Rise of the Cult of the Saints and the Assertion of 'Modern' Sanctity: 6. The role of the papacy
    7. The role of the regulars
    8. The secular clergy and the laity
    Conclusion: the cult of the saints between universalist aims and the rise of particularism
    Book 2. Typology of medieval sanctity: Part 1. Popular Sanctity and Local Sanctity:
    9. Popular sanctity
    10. Local sanctity
    Part 2. Official Sanctity: Forms and Criteria of Christian Perfection According to Processes of Canonisation:
    11. Typology of official sanctity: quantitative aspects
    12. Forms of sanctity and ways of life
    13. The evolution of the criteria of sanctity from the late twelfth to the early fifteenth centuries
    Conclusion: the Roman church faced with popular and local sanctity: a silent rejection
    Book 3. The signs and significations of sanctity: Part 1. The Manifestations and Effects of Sanctity in the Popular Mind:
    14. 'Virtus': the language of the body
    15. The structures and expansion of the field of the miraculous
    Part 2. The Roman Church and Sanctity:
    16. The Holy See and the critique of miracles
    17. Life and virtues of the saints in the processes of canonisation
    Conclusion: the hagiographical mentality and the popular mind
    General conclusion
    List of sources
    Bibliographical update
    Index of places
    Index of persons
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Andri Vauchez, Ecole Française de Rome


    Jean Birrell

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