A Companion to Middle English Hagiography

A Companion to Middle English Hagiography

Edited by Sarah Salih

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

The Saints' Life was one of the most popular forms of literature in medieval England. This volume offers crucial information for an understanding of the genre.
The saints were the superheroes and the celebrities of medieval England, bridging the gap between heaven and earth, the living and the dead. A vast body of literature evolved during the middle ages to ensure that everyone, from kings to peasants, knew the stories of the lives, deaths and afterlives of the saints. However, despite its popularity and ubiquity, the genre of the Saint's Life has until recently been little studied. This collection introduces the canon of Middle English hagiography; places it in the context of the cults of saints; analyses key themes within hagiographic narrative, including gender, power, violence and history; and, finally, shows how hagiographic themes survived the Reformation. Overall it offers both information for those coming to the genre for the first time, and points forward to new trends in research.
Dr SARAH SALIH is a Lecturer in English at the University of East Anglia.
Contributors: SAMANTHA RICHES, MARY BETH LONG, CLAIRE M. WATERS, ROBERT MILLS, ANKE BERNAU, KATHERINE J. LEWIS, MATTHEW WOODCOCK

Details

5 black and white illustrations
192 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Hardback, 9781843840725, March 2006
Paperback, 9781843842460, March 2010
Personal eBook, 9781782045465, March 2006
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC REL033000, LIT011000, LIT004120
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Saints, Cults and Lives in Late Medieval England - Sarah Salih
Hagiography in Context: Images, Shrines, Miracles and Festivals - Samantha Riches
Corpuses and Manuscripts, Authors and Audiences - Mary Beth Long
Power and Authority - Claire Waters
Violence, Community and the Materialisation of Belief - Robert Mills
Gender and Sexuality - Anke Bernau
History, Historiography and Re-writing the Past - Katherine J Lewis
Crossovers and Afterlife - Matthew Woodcock

Reviews

(The contributors) do a fine job of making readers aware of key issues in hagiographical studies. MEDIEVAL REVIEW
This lucid and scholarly volume will be an excellent reference tool for students and scholars. MEDIUM AEVUM

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