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Following the fall of the Roman Empire in the West, the cult of the saints was the dominant form of religion in Christian Europe. In this elegantly written work, Peter Brown explores the role of tombs, shrines, relics, and pilgrimages connected with the sacred bodies of the saints. He shows how men and women living in harsh and sometimes barbaric times relied upon the merciful intercession of the holy dead to obtain justice, forgiveness, and to find new ways to accept their fellows. Challenging the common treatment of the cult as an outbreak of superstition among the lower classes, Brown demonstrates how this form of religiousity engaged the finest minds of the Church and elicited from members of the educated upper classes some of their most splendid achievements in poetry, literature, and the patronage of the arts.

"Brown has an international reputation for his fine style, a style he here turns on to illuminate the cult of the saints. Christianity was born without such a cult; it took rise and that rise needs chronicling. Brown has a gift for the memorable phrase and sees what the passersby have often overlooked. An eye-opener on an important but neglected phase of Western development."—The Christian Century

"Brilliantly original and highly sophisticated . . . . [The Cult of the Saints] is based on great learning in several disciplines, and the story is told with an exceptional appreciation for the broad social context. Students of many aspects of medieval culture, especially popular religion, will want to consult this work."—Bennett D. Hill, Library Journal

About the Author

Peter Brown is professor of history at Princeton University and the author of Augustine of Hippo and The Making of Late Antiquity.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

1. The Holy and the Grave

2. "A Fine and Private Place"

3. The Invisible Companion

4. The Very Special Dead

5. Praesentia

6. Potentia

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226076225
Author:
Brown, Peter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Saints
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Christian saints
Subject:
Cult
Subject:
Christian saints -- Cult -- History.
Subject:
Christianity -- History.
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Haskell Lectures on History of Religions
Series Volume:
0002
Publication Date:
19820231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
8.47x5.40x.51 in. .50 lbs.

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