Hagiography and the cult of saints: the diocese of Orléans, 800-1200

This is a study of the place of patron saints in Frankish society during the Carolingian and early Capetian periods. The book focuses on the composition of works in praise of dead holy people - hagiography - and the veneration of their physical remains - the cult of saints. It examines the patrons o...

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Subtitles:Hagiography & the Cult of Saints
Main Author: Head, Thomas (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1990.
Series/Journal:Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought 4th ser., 14
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Diözese Orléans / Saints / History 800-1200
Further subjects:B Christian saints Cult France Orléans Region History of doctrines Middle Ages, 600-1500
B Orléans Region (France) Church history
B Christian hagiography History, To 1500
B Christian hagiography ; History ; To 1500
B Orléans Region (France) ; Church history
B Christian saints ; Cult ; France ; Orléans Region ; History of doctrines ; Middle Ages, 600-1500
B Christian saints Cult France Orléans Region History of doctrines, Middle Ages, 600-1500
B Christian hagiography History To 1500
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
Print version: 9780521365000
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Summary:This is a study of the place of patron saints in Frankish society during the Carolingian and early Capetian periods. The book focuses on the composition of works in praise of dead holy people - hagiography - and the veneration of their physical remains - the cult of saints. It examines the patrons of a single diocese, Orléans, because a saint's power of patronage was defined in terms of a particular locale. Beyond the documentation of this region's textual and institutional traditions, the book explores the uses made of sanctity and patronage by the Franks. These so-called 'fathers' protected monasteries against interference by ecclesiastical and secular authorities. Moreover, as inhabitants of God's court of heaven, these 'fathers' served monks and laypeople as intercessors with God in matters of sin and disease. Thus they provided, in the Orléanais and elsewhere, an important source of power and authority, as well as an aspect of Christian belief which was shared by clergy and laity.
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ISBN:0511562454
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511562457