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Dreams, visions, and spiritual authority in Merovingian Gaul

Author: Isabel Moreira
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2000.
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"In early medieval Europe, dreams and visions were believed to reveal divine information about Christian life and the hereafter. No consensus existed, however, as to whether all Christians, or only a spiritual elite, were entitled to have a relationship of this sort with the supernatural. Drawing on a rich variety of sources - histories, hagiographies, ascetic literature, and records of dreams at saints' shrines -  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Isabel Moreira
ISBN: 0801436613 9780801436611
OCLC Number: 44704794
Description: xii, 262 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. Visionary Access. 1. Visionary Access in Christian Antiquity: The Making of Two Traditions. 2. Daniel's Heirs: Visionary Ascetics in Gaul --
Pt. 2. Visions and Authority in the Merovingian Community. 3. Gregory of Tours: A Visionary Bishop. 4. Dreams and Visions at the Shrines of the Saints. 5. Visionary Journeys to the Otherworld --
Pt. 3. Dreams and Visions in Merovingian Hagiography. 6. Visions and the Hagiographer in Merovingian Sources. 7. No Ordinary Visionary: St. Aldegund of Maubeuge --
App. A. Otherworld Visions and Apocalypses --
App. B. The Earliest Vitae of Aldegund of Maubeuge.
Responsibility: Isabel Moreira.

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"In early medieval Europe, dreams and visions were believed to reveal divine information about Christian life and the hereafter. No consensus existed, however, as to whether all Christians, or only a spiritual elite, were entitled to have a relationship of this sort with the supernatural. Drawing on a rich variety of sources - histories, hagiographies, ascetic literature, and records of dreams at saints' shrines - Isabel Moreira provides insight into a society struggling to understand and negotiate its religious visions."--BOOK JACKET.

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