Sagas, Saints and Settlements


Author: Gareth Williams,Paul Bibire

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004138072

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 153

View: 7477

This volume contains seven papers relating to Norse history and literature. Two cover issues of saga genre, two explore the relationship between sagas and medieval hagiography, and three consider aspects of the Norse settlement in Scotland from an interdisciplinary perspective. With contributions by Svanhildur Oskarsdottir, Phil Cardew, Haki Antonsson, Gareth Williams, Barbara Crawford and Simon Taylor.

Saints and their Communities

Miracle Stories in Twelfth-Century England


Author: Simon Yarrow

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 9780191515798

Category: History

Page: 260

View: 5739

Saints and their Communities offers a new approach to the study of lay religion as evidenced in collections of miracle narratives in twelfth-century England. There are a number of problems associated with the interpretation of this hagiographical genre and an extended introduction discusses these. The first issue is the tendency to read these narratives as transparent accounts of lay religion as if it were something susceptible to static, 'ethnographic' treatment in isolation from wider social and political activities. The second issue is the challenge of explaining the miraculous as a credible part of cultural experience, without appealing to reductionist notions of a 'medieval mindset'. The third issue is the problem of how to take full account of the fact that these sources are representations of lay experience by monastic authors. The author argues that miracle narratives were the product of and helped to foster lay notions of Christian practice and identity centred on the spiritual patronage of certain enshrined saints. The six main chapters provide fully contextualized studies of selected miracle collections. Yarrow looks at when these collections were made, who wrote them, the kinds of audiences they are likely to have reached, and the messages they were intended to convey. He shows how these texts served to represent specific cults in terms that articulated the values and interests of the institutions acting as custodians of the relics; and how alongside other programmes of textual production, these collections of stories can be linked to occasions of uncertainty or need in the life of these institutions. A concluding chapter argues the case for miracle collections as evidence of the attempt by traditional monasteries to reach out to the relatively affluent peasantry, and to urban communities in society, and their rural hinterlands with offers of protection and opportunities for them to express their social status with reference to tomb-centred sanctity.

The Architectural Setting of the Cult of Saints in the Early Christian West c.300-c.1200


Author: John Crook

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 0191543004

Category: History

Page: 334

View: 8410

This book explores the way in which church architecture from the earliest centuries of Christianity has been shaped by holy bones - the physical remains or 'relics' of those whom the Church venerated as saints. The Church's holy dead continued to exercise an influence on the living from beyond the grave, and their earthly remains provided a focus for prayer. The memoriae, house-churches and crypts of early Christian Rome; the elaborately decorated monuments containing the bodies of the bishops of Merovingian Gaul; the revival of ring crypts in the Carshingian empire; the crypts, 'tomb-shrines', and later high shrines of medieval England, all demonstrate how the presence of a holy body within a church influenced its very architecture. This is the first complete modern study of this hitherto somewhat neglected aspect of medieval church architecture in western Europe.

Charters of Abingdon Abbey


Author: Susan E. Kelly,British Academy

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 444

View: 8997

'The British Academy's Anglo-Saxon Charters series is further enhanced by the two volumes of S.E. Kelly (ed.), Charters of Abingdon Abbey, a meticulous edition and very full introduction well up to the editor's exacting standards.' -Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature 'Brilliantly done... One of the treasures of this edition is the inclusion of solutions of the many vernacular charter bounds carefully preserved at the abbey into the thirteenth century... how lucky to have dedicated and insightful scholars such as Dr Kelly, who has done so much for the British Academy's charter editions.' -English Historical Review 'Susan Kelly has put the Anglo-Saxonist in her debt by her magisterial two-volume edition of the charters of Abingdon Abbey... a superb investigation of the unique problems associated with the charters... all in all, a study which no student of pre-Conquest history can afford to do without.' -Medium ÆvumThis edition of 151 royal diplomas and other documents associated with Abingdon Abbey and its estates forms a major resource for the study of Anglo-Saxon history. Part 1 contains the first 50 texts, all pre-dating Aethelwold's crucial refoundation of the house around 955. A substantial Introduction discusses the abbey's history and endowment, and considers controversial issues arising from the texts themselves. Part 2, covering the period 955-1066, will complete the edition of this important archive.

The Archaeology of Cathedrals


Author: T. W. T. Tatton-Brown,Julian Munby

Publisher: Oxford Univ School of Archaeology


Category: Social Science

Page: 239

View: 2488

Essays reviewing the progress of archaeological research and discoveries at English cathedrals, based on a 1989 conference held in Oxford. Contents include: The Archaeological Study of Cathedrals in England 1800-2000: A Review and Speculation (R. Morris); Seveneenth Century Work at Ripon and Hexham (R. N. Bailey); The Cathedral Priory Church at Bath (P. Davenport); The Origins and Development of the Twelfth-Century Cathedral Church at Carlisle (M. R. McCarthy); Archaeology and Chichester Cathedral (T. Tatton-Brown); Current Thinking on Glasgow Cathdedral (R. Fawcett); The Archaeology of Gloucester Cathedral (C. Heighway); Archaeology and the Standing Fabric: Recent Investigations at Lichfield Cathedral (Warwick Rodwell); The Archaeology of Oxford Cathedral ( J. Blair); Archaeology and Rochester Cathedral (T. Tatton-Brown); Above and Below Ground: Archaeology at Wells Cathedral (J. Crook); Robert Willis and the Study of Medieval Architecture (M. W. Thompson; Cathedral Carpentry (J. Munby); Dendrochronology in Cathedrals (W. G. Simpson and C. D. Litton); Mouldings in Medieval Cathedrals (R. K. Morris); Masons' Marks and Stone Buildings (J. S. Alexander); The Care of Cathedrals Measure 1990 (R. Gem).

Death in Towns

Urban Responses to the Dying and the Dead, 100-1600


Author: Steven Bassett

Publisher: Leicester University


Category: History

Page: 258

View: 6063

This comprehensive treatment of the archaeological, textual and architectural evidence of the urban response to dying and death is unique both in its subject and in the way it exploits the opportunities offered for historical and geographical comparison over an unusually wide range of space and time. Using evidence of funerary objects, liturgical texts, the records of families, guilds and congregations, and the modern techniques of forensic science, the contributors have produced a book which explores some important elements of continuity and change in Western urban life.



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Civilization, Medieval

Page: N.A

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Die Heiligen Englands

angelsächsisch und lateinisch


Author: Felix Liebermann

Publisher: N.A


Category: Christian saints

Page: 23

View: 7455

Byzantinische Bleisiegel in Osteuropa

die Funde auf dem Territorium Altrusslands


Author: Victoria Bulgakova

Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag

ISBN: 9783447048941

Category: History

Page: 349

View: 8350

Gegenstand der Arbeit sind byzantinische Bleisiegel aus archaologischen Funden innerhalb der Furstentumer und historischen Lander (zemli) der Alten Rus'. Zusammen mit byzantinischen Siegeln aus Zufallsfunden auf osteuropaischem Gebiet werden diese hier erstmals in einem Corpus erfasst. Das ausgewertete Material liefert neue Daten zu Charakter und Intensitat des Zusammenwirkens von byzantinischem und russischem Verwaltungssystem und erlaubt, das Ausmass diplomatischer Beziehungen zwischen Byzanz und der Rus' festzustellen, diese Kontakte im Detail zu beleuchten und die regionale Spezifik in den wirtschaftlichen und politischen Beziehungen zwischen der Rus' und ihren Zentren einerseits und Byzanz andererseits zu verstehen. Erganzend werden in der Arbeit die Funde russischer Siegel auf ehemals byzantinischem Gebiet behandelt, erstmalig zusammengestellt und unter Berucksichtigung des historischkulturellen Kontextes ausgewertet.

Mönche im Konflikt

zum Spannungsfeld von Norm, Devianz und Sanktion bei den Cisterziensern und Cluniazensern (12. bis frühes 14. Jahrhundert)


Author: Thomas Füser

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825834432

Category: Institutionsgeschichte

Page: 365

View: 7175



Author: Burkhardt Tutsch

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783825832001

Category: Coutumiers (Religion) - France - Cluny - Histoire - 600-1500 (Moyen Âge)

Page: 427

View: 9722

Grenzräume und Grenzüberschreitungen im Vergleich

Der Osten und der Westen des mittelalterlichen Lateineuropa


Author: Klaus Herbers,Nikolas Jaspert

Publisher: Oldenbourg Verlag

ISBN: 3050048476

Category: History

Page: 459

View: 1100

In diesem Band werden erstmals zwei europäische Großregionen vergleichend in den Blick genommen, so dass neue Sichtweisen auf Grenzen und ihre spezifischen Ausprägungen eröffnet werden. Die paarweise Anordnung der in diesem Band versammelten Beiträge gewährleistet in besonderer Weise den Vergleich und verdeutlicht Affinitäten wie Unterschiede zweier geographisch weit voneinander entfernter Räume. Denn beide Bereiche, die Iberische Halbinsel und Ostmitteleuropa, waren zwar in sich einzig, doch in vielem strukturell ähnlich. Diese Randzonen Europas eignen sich aus drei Gründen besonders für eine komparatistische Untersuchung der Grenzenräume und Grenzüberschreitungen im vormodernen Europa. Zum einen waren sie stärker noch als andere Bereiche durch multi-religiöse und multi-ethnische Gesellschaften geprägt. Hier verdichten sich grundlegende soziale, religiöse und kulturelle Aspekte europäischer Gemeinschaftsordnungen. Zum anderen stießen hier oftmals mit besonderer Schärfe verschiedenartige Kulturen aufeinander. Schließlich und drittens waren diese Räume auch in funktionaler Hinsicht außerordentlich vielgestaltig: Sie dienten als Abgrenzungs- wie auch als Kontakt- und Austauschzonen, als politisch-kulturelle wie auch als kolonisatorische Grenzgebiete, als Militär- und Religionsgrenzen zugleich.