Saints and Sanctity

Saints and Sanctity

Edited by Peter Clarke, Tony Claydon

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Overview

Overview

Provides insight into a key issue of Christian history which still has a huge influence on ecclesiastical practice and politics.
In most of its forms, Christianity has been a religion focused on the salvation of individuals. This has meant that its churches have questioned what sort of people, and which specific persons, are saved; and so have tried to describe the qualities of such 'saints'. The debates involved have ranged through the outward signs of salvation, whether saints can be identified in this life or after their deaths, whether their often extraordinary lives should serve as examples for a wider Christian public, and whether saints have a power that they can exercise on their own initiative or are owed a particular devotion.
This collection of essays provides a stimulating sample of recent historical research on Christianity's approach to these questions. It spans the earliest construction of personal sanctity in the Eastern and Western traditions, the 'golden age' of saintly cults in the medieval period, post-Reformation debates about the role of saints, and the meaning of canonization within a variety of churches in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It therefore provides insight into a key issue of Christian history which (as the later essays show) still has a huge influence on ecclesiastical practice and politics.

PETER CLARKE is Reader in Medieval History at Southampton University.
TONY CLAYDON is Professor of Early Modern History at Bangor University.

Contributors: ROBERT ANDREWS, CLYDE BINFIELD, FRANS CIAPPARA, AUDE DE MEZERAC-ZANETTI, SOPHIA DEBOICK, BERNARD HAMILTON, MARGARET HARVEY, JOY HAWKINS, COLIN HAYDON, JOSEPHINE LAFFIN, PAK-WAH LAI, OLIVER LOGAN, ANDREW LOUTH, ELENA MARTIN, MAUREEN MILLER, GESINE OPPITZ-TROTMAN, ARIANA PATEY, PATRICK PRESTON, RICHARD PRICE, SAM RICHES, SALVADOR RYAN, SARAH SCUTTS, ROWAN STRONG, KATHARINE SYKES, ALAN THACKER, ALEXIS TORRANCE, PETER TURNER, CHRISTINE WALSH, MICHAEL WALSH, CORDELIA WARR, MARTIN WELLINGS, CHRIS WILSON

Details

July 2011
6 colour, 4 black and white illustrations
466 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Studies in Church History
ISBN: 9780954680985
Format: Hardback
Ecclesiastical History Society
BIC HRCC2, 1D, 2AB, 3J
BISAC REL033000, REL040030, REL108020
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Holiness and Sanctity in the Early Church - Andrew Louth
The Monk as Christian Saint and Exemplar in St John Chrysostom's Writings - Pak-Wah Lai
Commemoration, Representation, and Interpretation: Augustine of Hippo's Depictions of the Martyrs - Elena Martin
Hagiography and Autobiography in the Late Antique West - Peter Turner
Popes, Patriarchs and Archbishops and the Origins of the Cult of the Martyrs in Northern Italy - Alan Thacker
Repentance as the Context of Sainthood in the Ascetical Theology of Mark the Monk - Alexis Torrance
The Signifiance of St Cuthbert's Vestments - Maureen C. Miller
Why did the Crusader States produce so few Saints? - Bernard Hamilton
Sanctity as a Form of Capital - Katharine Sykes
Saint and Monster, Saint as Monster: Exemplary Encounters with the Other - Samantha Riches
Penance, Mercy, and Saintly Authority in the Miracles of St Thomas Becket - Gesine Oppitz-Trotman
Seeing the Light? Blindness and Sanctity in Later Medieval England - Joy Hawkins
The Vision of St Fursa in Thirteenth-Century Didactic Literature - Chris Wilson
Erat Abigail mulier prudentissima: Gilbert of Tournai and Attitudes to Female Sanctity in the Thirteenth Century - Christine Walsh
Liturgical Changes to the Cult of Saints under Henry VIII - Aude de Mezerac-Zanetti
'I, too, am a Christian': Early Martyrs and their Lives in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Irish Manuscript Tradition - Salvador Ryan
St Pius V (1504-72) and Sta Caterina De' Ricci (1523-90): Two Ways of being a Saint in Counter-Reformation Italy - Patrick Preston
Visualizing Stigmata: Stigmatic Saints and Crises of Representation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy - Margit Thfner, Reviews Editor
San Luigi Gonzaga: Princeling-Jesuit and Model for Catholic Youth - Oliver Logan
The Northern Saints after the Reformation in the Writings of Christopher Watrson (d. 1580) - Margaret M Harvey
'Truth never needed the protection of forgery': Sainthood and Miracles in Robert Hegge's 'History of St Cuthbert's Churches at Lindisfarne, Cuncacestre, and Dunholme' (1625) - Sarah Scutts
Simulated Sanctity in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Malta - Frans Ciappara
St Winifred, Bishop Fleetwood, and Jacobitism - Colin Haydon
'Master in the Art of Holy Living': The Sanctity of William Stevens - Robert Andrews
'A saint if ever there was one': Henry Robert Reynolds (1825-96) - Clyde Binfield
Commerce and Culture: Benjamin Gregory's Sidelights on Wesleyan Sanctity in the later Nineteenth Century - Martin Wellings
The Canonization of Serafim of Sarov: Piety, Prophecy and Politics in Late Imperial Russia - Richard M Price
Sanctity and Mission in the Life of Charles de Foucauld - Ariana Patey
Céline Martin's Images of Thérèse of Lisieux and the Creation of a Modern Saint - Sophia Deboick
Anglicanism and Sanctity: The Diocese of Perth and the making of a 'Local Saint' in 1984 - Rowan Strong
'A Saint for all Australians'? - Josephine Laffin
Pope John Paul II and his Canonizations - Michael Walsh

Reviews

A stimulating collection of papers (and) an important addition to academic libraries. ÓENACH

Includes numerous stimulating contributions, some of which will surely become part of ongoing debates about the role in church history of sanctity, hagiography, and clerical authority. JOURNAL OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

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