Local Saints and Local Churches in the Early Medieval West

Hardcover | December 1, 2002

EditorAlan Thacker, Richard Sharpe

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This book explores the development of the cult of the saints in western Europe between c.400 and 1000. The main emphasis is upon Anglo-Saxon England, post-Roman Britain, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, but there are important contributions on Francia and on western Europe as a whole. No othervolume combines such a broad geographical spread with such a wide range of disciplines and approaches - textual, archaeological, genealogical, onomastic, as well as historical. Veneration of innumerable local saints and martyrs is one of the defining characteristics of early medieval society. Thisbook looks at how such saints came to be recognized and how they were enshrined, the circumstances in which they proliferated, and the factors leading to the development of their often extremely localized cults. Throughout, the aim is to emphasize the pan-European context, to place insulardevelopments in a wider continuum extending from Ireland through to Rome and Byzantium. The volume combines wide-ranging surveys, providing fundamental orientation on a variety of core subjects, with crucial reference material (including a handlist of all known Anglo-Saxon saints). It will beindispensable to all interested in early Britain and Ireland, Anglo-Saxon England and to the culture of early medieval Europe as a whole.

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This book explores the development of the cult of the saints in western Europe between c.400 and 1000. The main emphasis is upon Anglo-Saxon England, post-Roman Britain, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, but there are important contributions on Francia and on western Europe as a whole. No othervolume combines such a broad geographical spr...

Alan Thacker is a Reader in Medieval History, Institute of Historical Research, London, and Executive Editor, Victoria History of the Counties of England. Richard Sharpe is a Professor of Diplomatic, University of Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:596 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.44 inPublished:December 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198203942

ISBN - 13:9780198203940

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1. Alan Thacker: Loca Sanctorum: The Significance of Place in the Study of the Saints2. Alan Thacker: The Making of a Local Saint3. Richard Sharpe: Martyrs and Local Saints in Late Antique Britain4. Ian Wood: Constructing Cults in Early Medieval France: Local Saints and Churches in Burgundy and the Auvergne 400-10005. John Crook: The Enshrinement of Local Saints in Merovingian and Carolingian Francia6. Nancy Edwards: Celtic Saints and Early Medieval Archaeology7. Thomas Charles-Edwards: Erlam: The Patron Saint of an Irish Minster8. Padraig O Riain: Irish Saints' Cults and Ecclesiastical Families9. Oliver Padel: Local Saints and Place-Names in Cornwall10. John Reuben Davies: The Saints of South Wales and the Welsh Church11. Thomas Owen Clancy: Scottish Saints and National Identities in the Early Middle Ages12. Catherine Cubitt: Universal and Local Saints in Anglo-Saxon England13. John Blair: A Saint for Every Minster? Local Cults in Anglo-Saxon EnglandJohn Blair: A Handlist of Anglo-Saxon SaintsIndex

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`The editors must be congratulated for bringing together these studies on the early medieval cults of Britain and Ireland and for placing such cults in a wider context, thanks to the inclusion of some essays dealing partly or entirely with Continental matters.'Early medieval Europe