Local Saints and Local Churches in the Early Medieval West
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 596
Width: 16.3 cm
Height: 24.1 cm
This book explores the development of the cult of the saints in western Europe between c.400 and 1000. The main emphasis is upon Anglo-Saxon England, post-Roman Britain, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, but there are important contributions on Francia and on western Europe as a whole. No other volume combines such a broad geographical spread with such a wide range of disciplines and approaches - textual, archaeological, genealogical, onomastic, as well as historical. Veneration of innumerable local saints and martyrs is one of the defining characteristics of early medieval society. This book looks at how such saints came to be recognized and how they were enshrined, the circumstances in which they proliferated, and the factors leading to the development of their often extremely localized cults. Throughout, the aim is to emphasize the pan-European context, to place insular developments in a wider continuum extending from Ireland through to Rome and Byzantium. The volume combines wide-ranging surveys, providing fundamental orientation on a variety of core subjects, with crucial reference material (including a handlist of all known Anglo-Saxon saints). It will be indispensable to all interested in early Britain and Ireland, Anglo-Saxon England and to the culture of early medieval Europe as a whole.
The editors must be congratulated for bringing together these studies on the early medieval cults of Britain and Ireland and for placing such cults in a wider context, thanks to the inclusion of some essays dealing partly or entirely with Continental matters. * Early medieval Europe * ... the studies in this volume are both stimulating and thorough with respect to the differing traditions which characterise the development of early medieval local cults in the British Isles. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing them together. * Sobornost * The volume is produced to a high standard, with wonderfully rich bibliographical information provided in the footnotes to each chapter. The editors have indeed provided us with a tool of lasting value. * Richard Pfaff, University of North Carolina * Richard Sharpe's "Martyrs and Local Saints in Late Antique Britain" ... is really an historiographical tour de force. * Richard Pfaff, University of North Carolina * It happens only very seldom that a volume of essays becomes a standard work of reference; but that, it is safe to predict, will become the fate of this collection. * Richard Pfaff, University of North Carolina *