The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Essays on the Contribution of Peter…

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byJames Howard-Johnston, Paul Antony Hayward

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This book contains eleven essays, prefaced by a general introduction, on a set of related themes: the characteristic traits and diverse functions of holy men; the fashioning of saints out of a small minority of holy men and a number of other individuals of high social status but with moredubious spiritual credentials; the literary processes involved in the construction of hagiographical texts; the role of hagiography in the creation and diffusion of cults; and the worldly interests and other purposes which were served by hagiographical texts and the cults which they propagated.These themes are explored across a wide range of social and cultural milieux, extending from the late antique east Mediterranean through the early medieval Frankish world and Byzantium to Russia and Islam in the high middle ages. The work of Peter Brown, in particular his article, 'The Rise andFunction of the Holy Man in Late Antiquity', first published in 1971, forms a constant point of reference, acknowledged by the contributors as having irradiated the whole field with fresh, provocative, and illuminating ideas.

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This book contains eleven essays, prefaced by a general introduction, on a set of related themes: the characteristic traits and diverse functions of holy men; the fashioning of saints out of a small minority of holy men and a number of other individuals of high social status but with moredubious spiritual credentials; the literary proc...

James Howard-Johnston is University Lecturer in Byzantine Studies, Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford Paul Antony Hayward is Lecturer in History at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. The Cult of Saints in Peter Brown1. James Howard-Johnston: Introduction2. Averil Cameron: On Defining the Holy Man3. Philip Rousseau: Asceticism and Paideia: Time for Another Function?II. The Cult of Saints in Eastern Christendom4. Claudia Rapp: 'For Next to God, You are My Salvation': Reflections on the Rise of the Holy Man in Late Antiquity5. Paul Magdalino: 'What we heard in the Lives of the Saints we have Seen with Our Own Eyes': The Holy Man as Literary Text in Tenth-Century ConstantinopleIII. The Cult of Saints in Western Christendom6. Paul Hayward: De-mystifying the Role of Sanctity in Western Christendom7. Paul Fouracre: The Origins of the Carolingian Attempt to Regulate the Cult of Saints8. Ian N. Wood: The Missionary LifeIV. The Cult of Saints in medieval Rus'9. Paul Hollingsworth: Holy men and the transformation of political space in medieval Rus'10. Richard M. Price: The Holy Man and Christianization from the Apocryphal Apostles to St Stephen of PermV. The Cult of Saints in Islam11. Chase Robinson: Prophecy and Holy Men in Early Islam12. Josef Meri: The Etiquette of Devotion in the Islamic Cult of Saints

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`Through his extensive publications, Brown has largely redefined the field of hagiography ... A reassessment requires no justification and, after thirty years, is even timely. This volume is not just a tribute, however. Although admiration for Brown's accomplishments is evident in each ofthe contributions, virtually all of them balance this with measured but altogether telling criticism... the scholarship represented by the individual contributions is of the highest quality ... and well worth the read.'David A. Warner History