- Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?
Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?
Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation
- Paperback2015© 201324.9520.00ISBN9780691169682808 pp.6 1/8 x 9 1/48 color illus. 23 halftones. 3 line illus. 10 tables. 3 maps.
From its earliest centuries, one of the most notable features of Christianity has been the veneration of the saints—the holy dead. This ambitious history tells the fascinating story of the cult of the saints from its origins in the second-century days of the Christian martyrs to the Protestant Reformation. Robert Bartlett examines all of the most important aspects of the saints—including miracles, relics, pilgrimages, shrines, and the saints' role in the calendar, literature, and art.
The book explores the central role played by the bodies and body parts of saints, and the special treatment these relics received. From the routes, dangers, and rewards of pilgrimage, to the saints' impact on everyday life, Bartlett's account is an unmatched examination of an important and intriguing part of the religious life of the past—as well as the present.
Robert Bartlett is professor of mediaeval history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
More about this book
- Winner of the 2015 Otto Gründler Book Prize, The Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University
- Winner of the 2013 PROSE Award in European and World History, Association of American Publishers
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