Saints and Their Miracles in Late Antique Gaul

Saints and Their Miracles in Late Antique Gaul

by Raymond Van Dam
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691021120

ISBN-13: 9780691021126

Pub. Date: 07/12/1993

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Saints' cults, with their focus on miraculous healings and pilgrimages, were not only a distinctive feature of Christian religion in fifth-and sixth-century Gaul but also a vital force in political and social life. Here Raymond Van Dam uses accounts of miracles performed by SS. Martin, Julian, and Hilary to provide a vivid and comprehensive depiction of some of the

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Saints' cults, with their focus on miraculous healings and pilgrimages, were not only a distinctive feature of Christian religion in fifth-and sixth-century Gaul but also a vital force in political and social life. Here Raymond Van Dam uses accounts of miracles performed by SS. Martin, Julian, and Hilary to provide a vivid and comprehensive depiction of some of the most influential saints' cults. Viewed within the context of ongoing tensions between paganism and Christianity and between Frankish kings and bishops, these cults tell much about the struggle for authority, the forming of communities, and the concept of sin and redemption in late Roman Gaul.

Van Dam begins by describing the origins of the three cults, and discusses the career of Bishop Gregory of Tours, who benefited from the support of various patron saints and in turn promoted their cults. He then treats the political and religious dimensions of healing miracles--including their relation to Catholic theology and their use by bishops to challenge royal authority--and of pilgrimages to saints' shrines. The miracle stories, collected mainly by Gregory of Tours, appear in their first complete English translations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691021126
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/12/1993
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction3
Ch. 1Different Saints, Different Cults11
1The Cult of St. Martin13
2The Cult of St. Hilary28
3The Cult of St. Julian41
Ch. 2Gregory of Tours and His Patron Saints50
1Becoming a Bishop52
2Being a Bishop68
Ch. 3Bodily Miracles82
1Body and Community86
2Body and Power94
3Body and Theology105
Ch. 4Pilgrimages and Miracle Stories116
1Pilgrimages to Tours117
2"The Place Where His Body Is Now Honored"128
3Pilgrimages from Tours135
4Gregory's Vow142
Epilogue150
The Miracles of St. Hilary (= VH)155
The Suffering and Miracles of the Martyr St. Julian (= VJ)162
Appendix 1: The Suffering of the Martyr St. Julian (= Passio)196
The Miracles of the Bishop St. Martin (= VM 1-4)199
Appendix 2: A Sermon in Praise of St. Martin (= Sermo)304
Appendix 3: Inscriptions from the Martinellus308
Editions and Translations319
Bibliography323
Map335
Index337

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