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The Invention of Saintliness - Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture (Paperback)
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The Invention of Saintliness - Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 08/05/2015
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This volume discusses, from an historical and literary angle, the ways in which sanctification and the inscription of saintliness take place. Going beyond the traditional categories of canonization, cult, liturgical veneration and hagiographical lives, the work raises fundamental issues concerning definitions of saints and saintliness in a period before the concept was crystallized in canon law. As well as discussing sources and methodology, contributions cover contextual issues, including relics and veneration, life and the afterlife, and examinations of specific sources and texts. Subjects raised include the idea of hagiography as intimate biography, perceptions of holiness in writings by and about female mystics, and bodily aspects of the Franciscan search for evangelical perfection.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415862943
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The volume comprises, in short, a series of carefully nuanced investigations as to the roles that texts, individuals, social groups and institutions played in developing the conceptual framework of the cult of saints before the process of saint-making was subjected to effective control from above.'

- Ecclesiastical History, Volume 57

'Newcomers to the subject and students embarking on dissertations will find the book eminently useful for the purpose of defining their own research questions.'

- Paul Hayward, University of Lancaster

'Its great virue is the succinct way in which it defines issues central to the field.'

- Paul Hayward, University of Lancaster

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