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Furta sacra : thefts of relics in the central Middle Ages

Author: Patrick J Geary
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1990.
Series: Princeton paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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To obtain sacred relics, medieval monks plundered tombs, avaricious merchants raided churches, and relic-mongers scoured the Roman catacombs. This title considers the social and cultural context for  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick J Geary
ISBN: 0691008620 9780691008622
OCLC Number: 23692106
Description: xvi, 219 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Preface to the 1990 edition --
Preface --
Abbreviations --
CHAPTER ONE. RELICS AND SAINTS IN THE CENTRAL MIDDLE AGES. Relics as symbol --
Between hagiography and history --
The evolution of saints' cults in the central Middle Ages --
CHAPTER TWO. THE CULT OF RELICS IN CAROLINGIAN EUROPE. Relic cults to the Ninth century --
The nature of relics --
Carolingian reform and the cult of relics --
CHAPTER THREE. THE PROFESSIONALS. The Italian trade --
England --
Conclusions --
CHAPTER FOUR. MONASTIC THEFTS. Monastic competition --
Financing construction --
Rival local traditions --
Evolution of religious sentiment --
Lay encroachment --
Conclusion --
CHAPTER FIVE. URBAN THEFTS. "Translatio Sancti Marci" --
"Translatio Sancti Nicolai" --
"Vita Sancti Appiani" --
CHAPTER SIX. JUSTIFICATIONS. Legality of relic thefts --
Rationalizations --
The formation of a literary tradition --
Perception --
Sacred history and communal pride --
CHAPTER SEVEN. CONCLUSIONS. --
APPENDIX A. CRITIQUE OF TEXTS. I. "Translatio Beati Vincentii" --
II. "Translatio Sanctae Fidei" --
III. "Translatio Sanctae Faustae" --
IV. "Translatio Sancti Mariani" --
APPENDIX B. HANDLIST OF RELIC THEFTS. --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Princeton paperbacks.
Responsibility: Patrick J. Geary.

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