Medieval Saints: A Reader

Edited by Mary-Ann Stouck

© 1998

This text includes a number of writings by or about women saints, as well as a large percentage of material which, prior to this book, was not available in English.

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  • Page Count: 662 pages
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"Medieval Saints is a collection remarkable both for its range and for its respect for the richness of the individual texts." - Peter Brown, Princeton University

Medieval Saints: A Reader

Edited by Mary-Ann Stouck

© 1998

This text includes a number of writings by or about women saints, as well as a large percentage of material which, prior to this book, was not available in English.

Product Details

  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 662 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.4in x 9.0in
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    Medieval Saints is a collection remarkable both for its range and for its respect for the richness of the individual texts. Through it the reader will be able to trace the origin, the diffusion and the many layers of meaning of a central element of Christianity for a period of well over a millennium. We begin with the martyrs, with vivid tales of public cruelty in the cities of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean and with holy men and women in a recognizably Roman world in its last days. We end, often with the same figures, transformed over time, so as to become part of the Christian 'folklore' of all Western Europe. Gathered from the vernacular languages of Europe, as well as from Latin texts, this collection does justice to the many layers to which the cult of the saints penetrated, and to the constantly changing views of the human person implied in the idea of Christian sanctity. To read it is to re-live an entire era in the imaginative history of Christian Europe.


    Peter Brown, Princeton University
  • Author Information

    Mary-Ann Stouck is a retired Associate Professor of Humanities at Simon Fraser University. She is the editor of Medieval Saints: A Reader (University of Toronto Press, 1999) and the author of a variety of essays and studies on saints' lives and Middle English literature.

  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Chronological Guide

    Introduction

    Suggestions for Further Reading

    Chapter One: Martyrs of the Early Church

    1.       The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna

    2.       The Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne

    3.       The Passion of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas

    4.       Tertullian's Address to the Martyrs

    5.       Augustine Preaches on the Feast of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas

    6.       The Trials and Execution of Cyprian

    7.       The Age of Martyrs in Legend: The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus

    Chapter Two: The Desert Fathers and Mothers

    8.       Christianity in the Desert: St. Antony the Great

    9.       Antony's Disciples: Paul the Simple

    10.     The First Hermit: St. Paul of Thebes

    11.     A Harlot in the Desert: Mary of Egypt

    12.     A Famous Pillar Saint: Symeon Stylites

    13.     A Transvestite Saint: Mary/Marina

    Chapter Three: Bishops, Monks, and Nuns

    14.     St. Martin of Tours

    15.     The Life and Miracles of St. Benedict

    16.     Venantius Fortunatus's Life of St. Radegund

    17.     Radegund Writes to the Bishops

    18.     An Irish Missionary: St. Gall, by Walahfrid Strabo

    19.     A Mirror for Monks: The Life of St. Maiol, Abbot of Cluny

    Chapter Four: Royal Saints

    20.     Ælfric's Life of St. Edmund, King and Martyr

    21.     St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland

    Chapter Five: Pilgrimage

    22.     St. Augustine on the Rites at the Martyrs' Tombs

    23.     Pilgrimage and Miracles in North Africa

    24.     Sæewulf Makes a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

    25.     The Pilgrim's Guide to St. James of Compostella

    26.     Pilgrimage as Metaphor: The Canterbury Tales

    27.     Jerusalem Pilgrimage in 1480: The Tribulations of Brother Felix

    Chapter Six: Relics

    28.     Gregory of Tours: The Power of Relics

    29.     The Humiliation of St. Mitrias

    30.     The Affair of St. Sergius's Fingerbone

    31.     Criticism of the Cult of Relics: Claudius of Turin

    32.     Theft of Relics: The Translation of SS. Marcellinus and Peter

    33.     False Relics and Imposters

    34.     Fundraising with Relics: The Monks of Laon

    35.     Fire at the Shrine of St. Edmund

    Chapter Seven: New Directions

    36.     The New Hermits: Godric of Finchale

    37.     Women's Spirituality I: Christina the Astonishing

    38.     Women's Spirituality II: Umiltà of Faenza

    39.     The Conversion of St. Francis of Assisi and the Founding of his Order

    40.     Humanistic Hagiography: The Writings of St. Francis's Companions

    41.     The Official Life of St. Francis: The Stigmata

    42.     The Canticle of Brother Sun

    43.     The Canonization of St. Francis

    Chapter Eight: Hagiographic Romances

    44.     St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins

    45.     Four 'Lives' from The Golden Legend

    46.     'Lives' of St. Christopher: The Irish Libar Breac

    47.     'Lives' of St. Christopher: The South English Legendary

    48.     An Old French Life of St. Margaret of Antioch

    Chapter Nine: Epilogue

    49.     A Reformer's View of the Cult of the Saints

    50.     A Heretic's Confession

    51.     Erasmus: A Pilgrimage for Religions Sake

    Index of Topics

    Acknowledgements of Sources in Copyright

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