This collection of essays is about sanctity, demonstrating the multiplicity of aspects this condition had in Western medieval Christianity. The studies concentrate on the complex set of the socio-cultural phenomena of the cult of saints, in a variety of regions from Egypt to Poland, with a focus on Italy and Central Europe. The subjects of the contributions range in time from Pope Damasus in the fourth until St. Christopher in the eighteenth century. The diversity of approaches adopted by the contributors-from literary analysis and historical anthropology to archaeology and art history-represents the open and multidisciplinary historical research that characterizes the medievalist community at the Central European University. Top erudition and scholarly precision meets the mystical world of Catholic saints. Some of the essays contain numerous black and white illustrations.
Otto Gecser is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, and OTKA post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Medieval Studies, CEU. Jozsef Laszlovszky is professor of medieval studies at CEU. Balazs Nagy is associate professor of medieval European history at Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE), Budapest and at the Department of Medieval Studies, CEU.
Preface by Jacques Le Goff List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations 1. Pope Damasus and the Beginnings of Roman Hagiography 2. Theological Self-Definition in Byzantine Miraculous Healing 3. Re)claiming Adalbert: Patristic Quotations and Their Function in Canaparius' Vita S. Adalberti 4. Pull you Sons of Whores!A" Linguistic Register and Reform in the Legend of St. Clement 5. Hagiography and Chronicles 6. Hagiography and Biography: The Case of St. Francis of Assisi 7. Idolatry or Power: St. Francis in Front of the Sultan 8. Blessed John of France, the First Franciscan Minister Provincial in Hungary, and his Miracles 9. Material Culture and Everyday Life in the Acts of Canonization and Legends of St. Margaret 10. The Techniques of a Hagiographer: The Two Legendae of Saint Margaret of Hungary 11. St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Italian Vernacular Literature (Thirteenth to Fifteenth Centuries) 12. Division and Reintegration of St. Stanislaus: A Political Analogy in Sermons? 13. Saints at Home and Abroad: Some Observations on the Creation of Iconographic Types in Hungary of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries 14. Palatine Lackfi and his Saints: Frescos in the Franciscan Church of Keszthely 15. Late Medieval Saints and the Visual Representation of Rural Space 16. Sainthood in the Propaganda of Mendicant Orders: The Case of the Dialogus contra fraticellos of James of the Marches 17. Sermons on St. Sebastian after the Black Death 18. Had She Born Ten Daughters, She would have Named them All Mary Because of the Kindness of the First Mary.A" St. Anne in the Sermons of Two Late Medieval Hungarian Preachers 19. The Cult of the Saints in the Bohemian Reformation: The Question of Images 20. Madonna of Loreto as a Target of Reformation Critique: Peter Paul Vergerius the Younger 21. Saint Christopher, the Patron of Treasure-Hunters List of Contributors Index