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Living With the Dead in the Middle Ages / Edition 1
     

Living With the Dead in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

by Patrick J. Geary
 

ISBN-10: 0801480981

ISBN-13: 9780801480980

Pub. Date: 06/28/2014

Publisher: Cornell University Press

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,

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801480980
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
Reading
1Saints, Scholars, and Society: The Elusive Goal9
2The Uses of Archaeological Sources for Religious and Cultural History30
Representing
3Germanic Tradition and Royal Ideology in the Ninth Century: The Visio Karoli Magni49
4Exchange and Interaction between the Living and the Dead in Early Medieval Society77
Negotiating
5Humiliation of Saints95
6Coercion of Saints in Medieval Religious Practice116
7Living with Conflicts in Stateless France: A Typology of Conflict Management Mechanisms, 1050-1200125
Reproducing
8The Saint and the Shrine: The Pilgrim's Goal in the Middle Ages163
9The Ninth-Century Relic Trade--A Response to Popular Piety?177
10Sacred Commodities: The Circulation of Medieval Relics194
Living
11Saint Helen of Athyra and the Cathedral of Troyes in the Thirteenth Century221
12The Magi and Milan243
Index of Published Sources257
General Index265

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