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The cult of the saints : its rise and function in Latin Christianity

Author: Peter Brown
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Enlarged edition.; Second editionView all editions and formats
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In this groundbreaking work, Peter Brown explores how the worship of saints and their corporeal remains became central to religious life in Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. During this period, earthly remnants served as a heavenly connection, and their veneration is a window into the cultural mood of a region in transition. He illuminates the fierce hopes, the loyalties, and the poignant sense of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Brown
ISBN: 9780226175263 022617526X
OCLC Number: 881387028
Description: xxxv, 187 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The holy and the grave --
"A fine and private place" --
The invisible companion --
The very special dead --
Praesentia --
Potentia.
Responsibility: Peter Brown.

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Challenges the long-held "two-tier" idea of religion that separated the religious practices of the sophisticated elites from those of the superstitious masses, instead arguing that the cult of the  Read more...

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