Sanctity in the North: Saints, Lives, and Cults in Medieval Scandinavia

Author:   Thomas DuBois ,  Thomas DuBois ,  Margaret Cormack ,  Thomas A. Dubois
Publisher:   University of Toronto Press
Volume:   3
ISBN:  

9780802094100


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   23 February 2008
Format:   Paperback
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Sanctity in the North: Saints, Lives, and Cults in Medieval Scandinavia


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With original translations of primary texts and articles by leading researchers in the field, Sanctity in the North gives an introduction to the literary production associated with the cult of the saints in medieval Scandinavia. For more than five hundred years, Nordic clerics and laity venerated a host of saints through liturgical celebrations, written manuscripts, visual arts, and oral traditions. Textual evidence of this widespread and important aspect of medieval spirituality abounds. Written biographies (or vitae), compendia of witnessed miracles, mass propers, homilies, sagas and chronicles, dramatic scripts, hymns, and ballads are among the region's surviving medieval manuscripts and early published books. Sanctity in the North features English translations of texts from Latin or vernacular Nordic languages, in many cases for the first time. The accompanying essays concerning the texts, saints, cults, and history of the period complement the translations and reflect the contributors' own disciplinary groundings in folklore, philology, medieval, and religious studies.

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Author:   Thomas DuBois ,  Thomas DuBois ,  Margaret Cormack ,  Thomas A. Dubois
Publisher:   University of Toronto Press
Imprint:   University of Toronto Press
Volume:   3
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 2.40cm , Length: 22.80cm
Weight:   0.620kg
ISBN:  

9780802094100


ISBN 10:   0802094104
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   23 February 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction THOMAS A. DUBOIS Part I. Missionary Saints St Ansgar: His Swedish Mission and Its Larger Context SCOTT A. MELLOR Sts Sunniva and Henrik: Scandinavian Martyr Saints in Their Hagiographic and National Contexts THOMAS A. DUBOIS Part II. Royal Saints St Olaf and the Skalds JOHN LINDOW Sacred Non-Violence, Cowardice Profaned: St Magnus of Orkney in Nordic Hagiography and Historiography MARIA-CLAUDIA TOMANY St Knud Lavard: A Saint for Denmark THOMAS A. DUBOIS AND NIELS INGWERSEN The Cult of St Eric, King and Martyr, in Medieval Sweden TRACEY R. SANDSPart III. Holy Bishops and Nuns Pride and Politics in Late-Twelfth-Century Iceland: The Sanctity of Bishop Torlakr Torhallsson KIRSTEN WOLF St Katarina in Her Own Light THOMAS A. DUBOIS Part IV. Saints' Lives in Lived Context Hendreks saga og Kunegundis: Marital Consent in the Legend of Henry and Cunegund MARIANNE E. KALINKE Better Off Dead: Approaches to Medieval Miracles MARGARET CORMACK Bibliography Contributors Index

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'The book is rich and well written. One of its main merits is that is explores an understudied topic deserving of more attention inside as well as outside the field of Scandinavian Studies.' -- Federico Zuliani Canadian Journal of History: vol 45: Autumn 2010


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Thomas A. DuBois is a professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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