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Medieval Hagiography: An Anthology written by Thomas Head

 

Medieval Hagiography: An Anthology written by Thomas Head

Overview:

Medieval Hagiography is a complete guide to the development of the cult of the saints and the practice of religion in the west during the Middle Ages. This comprehensive anthology includes translations of saints' lives, miracle stories, discoveries of relics, religious visions, canonization inquests, and heresy trials, all ranging from the fourth century to the pre-Reformation period. It contains translations from Latin, Greek, and Romance, Celtic, Germanic, and Slavic vernacular languages. Also included are Hebrew texts concerning the martyrdom of the Jews at the hands of the Christians. Most of the selections have never appeared in English before, and all are accompanied by introductions, notes, and suggestions for further reading. Originating in lands from Iceland to Hungary, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the full range of writings provides an unparalleled resource for students, for scholars who wish to explore sources in unfamiliar languages, and for the general reader fascinated by the saints.

Synopsis:

This collection presents-through the medium of translated sources-a comprehensive guide to the development of hagiography and the cult of the saints in western Christendom during the middle ages. It provides an unparalleled resource for the study of the ideals of sanctity and the practice of religion in the medieval west. Intended for the classroom, for the medieval scholar who wishes to explore sources in unfamiliar languages, and for the general reader fascinated by the saints, this collection provides the reader a chance to explore in depth a full range of "writings about the saints" (the term hagiography is derived from Greek roots: hagios=holy and graphe=writing). The thirty-six chapters contain sources either in their entirety or in selections of substantial length. The great majority of the texts have never previously appeared in English translation. Those which have appeared in earlier translation, are here presented in versions based on significant new textual and historical scholarship which makes them significant improvements on the earlier versions.

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