"...the narrative is developed on a broad intellectual scale based on a thorough mastery of the material..." Catholic Historical Review
"Decades of study and a remarkably wide-ranging survey of European dynasties....Nicely illustrated...this book is recommended for all academic libraries supporting upper level historical research..." Catholic Library World
"[This] English edition, revised and supplemented...is an indispensable monograph in the field of hagiography and political ideology of the Later Middle Ages...The abundance of facts, the extensive case studies of objects of art or hagiographical traditions, as well as the rich illustrative material make Klaniczay's monograph a substantial contribution to the history of Christian saints and of medieval European political ideology...an essential reference tool for any student of the history of Central Europe or the field of royal sainthood." Comitatus
"...an important contribution both to Hungarian and east central European history and to medieval European history in general. Rich with details and subtle in its argument... The multiple forms and transformations of royal and dynastic saints that Klaniczay treats so effectively is, at all times, complemented by his larger vision of the European tradition. As a result, scholars of many times and places will find much here that is stimulating." Canadian Slavonic Papers
"An enormously ambitious and extremely thorough examination of the medieval cults of saints who belonged to royal dynasties[...]Cambridge University Press is to be congratulated on making such an important workparticularly one published not in French or German, but in a language not read by the great majority of western scholarsavailable in translation so soon after its initial publication." The Medieval Review
"In short, this is an excellent piece of scholarship, and Klaniczay manages to make a complicated argument persuasive and at times even exciting." - Sixteenth Century Journal David J. Collins, S.J. Georgetown University
"...Klaniczay succeeds in giving a lucid an convincing account of the mechanisms by which the notion of dynasty sanctity was normalized....the most compelling moments of the book are when Klaniczay uses his thorough knowledge of the material deliberately to wreck simple connections and illustrate the nuances of a given situation....this is an extremely valuable contribution to any understanding of the political and religious forces that shaped medieval, and subsequently modern, Europe..."
Jonathan Stone, University, of California, Berkeley, Slavic and East European Journal