A Companion to Middle English Hagiography (Paperback)
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A Companion to Middle English Hagiography (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 18/03/2010
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The saints were the superheroes and the celebrities of medieval England, bridging the gap between heaven and earth, the living and the dead. A vast body of literature evolved during the middle ages to ensure that everyone, from kings to peasants, knew the stories of the lives, deaths and afterlives of the saints. However, despite its popularity and ubiquity, the genre of the Saint's Life has until recently been little studied. This collection introduces the canon of Middle English hagiography; places it in the context of the cults of saints; analyses key themes within hagiographic narrative, including gender, power, violence and history; and, finally, shows how hagiographic themessurvived the Reformation. Overall it offers both information for those coming to the genre for the first time, and points forward to new trends in research. Dr SARAH SALIH is Senior Lecturer in English, King's College London. Contributors: SAMANTHA RICHES, MARY BETH LONG, CLAIRE M. WATERS, ROBERT MILLS, ANKE BERNAU, KATHERINE J. LEWIS, MATTHEW WOODCOCK

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 9781843842460
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[The contributors] do a fine job of making readers aware of key issues in hagiographical studies. * MEDIEVAL REVIEW *
This lucid and scholarly volume will be an excellent reference tool for students and scholars. * MEDIUM AEVUM *

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