With original translations of primary texts and articles by leading researchers in the field, Sanctity in the North provides an introduction to the literary production associated with the cult of the saints in medieval Scandinavia.
For more than five hundred years, Nordic clerics and laity venerated a host of saints through liturgical celebrations, written manuscripts, visual arts, and oral tradition. The textual evidence of this widespread and important aspect of medieval spirituality abounds. Written biographies (vitae), compendia of witnessed miracles, mass propers, homilies, sagas and chronicles, dramatic scripts, hymns, and ballads are found in the region's surviving medieval manuscripts and early published books.
Sanctity in the North features English translations of these texts from Latin or vernacular Nordic languages, in many cases for the first time. The accompanying essays concerning the texts, saints, cults, and history of the period complement the translations and reflect contributors' own disciplinary groundings, in folklore, philology, medieval, and religious studies.
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Title: Sanctity in the North: Saints, Lives, and Cults in Medieval Scandinavia
Author: Thomas DuBois
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Date Published: July 2007
Table of Contents:Preface vii
Introduction Thomas A. Dubois 3
St Ansgar: His Swedish Mission and Its Larger Context Scott A. Mellor 31
Sts Sunniva and Henrik: Scandinavian Martyr Saints in Their Hagiographic and National Contexts Thomas A. Dubois 65
St Olaf and the Skalds John Lindow 103
Sacred Non-Violence, Cowardice Profaned: St Magnus of Orkney in Nordic Hagiography and Historiography Maria-Claudia Tomany 128
St Knud Lavard: A Saint for Denmark Thomas A. Dubois Niels Ingwersen 154
The Cult of St Eric, King and Martyr, in Medieval Sweden Tracey R. Sands 203
Holy Bishops and Nuns
Pride and Politics in Late-Twelfth-Century Iceland: The Sanctity of Bishop Porlakr Porhallsson Kirsten Wolf 241
St Katarina in Her Own Light Thomas A. Dubois 271
Saints' Lives in Lived Context
Hendreks saga og Kunegundis: Marital Consent in the Legend of Henry and Cunegund Marianne E. Kalinke 307
Better Off Dead: Approaches to Medieval Miracles Margaret Cormack 334
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