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Overview

Whereas modern societies tend to banish the dead from the world of the living, medieval men and women acccorded them a vital role in the community. The saints counted most prominently as potential intercessors before God, but the ordinary dead as well were called upon to aid the living, and even to participate in the negotiation of political disputes. In this book, the distinguished medievalist Patrick J. Geary shows how exploring the complex relations between the living and dead can broaden our understanding of the political, economic, and cultural history of medieval Europe. Geary has brought together for this volume twelve of his most influential essays. They address such topics as the development of saints' cults and of the concept of sacred space; the integration of saints' cults into the lives of ordinary people; patterns of relic circulation; and the role of the dead in negotiating the claims and counterclaims of various interest groups. Also included are two case studies of communities that enlisted new patron saints to solve their problems. Throughout, Geary demonstrates that, by reading actions, artifacts, and rituals on an equal footing with texts, we can better grasp the otherness of past societies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801480980
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,190,021
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Saints, Scholars, and Society: The Elusive Goal 9
2 The Uses of Archaeological Sources for Religious and Cultural History 30
3 Germanic Tradition and Royal Ideology in the Ninth Century: The Visio Karoli Magni 49
4 Exchange and Interaction between the Living and the Dead in Early Medieval Society 77
5 Humiliation of Saints 95
6 Coercion of Saints in Medieval Religious Practice 116
7 Living with Conflicts in Stateless France: A Typology of Conflict Management Mechanisms, 1050-1200 125
8 The Saint and the Shrine: The Pilgrim's Goal in the Middle Ages 163
9 The Ninth-Century Relic Trade - A Response to Popular Piety? 177
10 Sacred Commodities: The Circulation of Medieval Relics 194
11 Saint Helen of Athyra and the Cathedral of Troyes in the Thirteenth Century 221
12 The Magi and Milan 243
Index of Published Sources 257
General Index 265
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