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Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond
     

Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond

by Sergey A. Ivanov, Simon Franklin
 

ISBN-10: 0199272514

ISBN-13: 9780199272518

Pub. Date: 06/01/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

There are saints in Orthodox Christian culture who overturn the conventional concept of sainthood. Their conduct may be unruly and salacious, they may blaspheme and even kill—yet, mysteriously, those around them treat them with even more reverence. Such saints are called "holy fools." In this pioneering study Sergey A. Ivanov examines the phenomenon

Overview

There are saints in Orthodox Christian culture who overturn the conventional concept of sainthood. Their conduct may be unruly and salacious, they may blaspheme and even kill—yet, mysteriously, those around them treat them with even more reverence. Such saints are called "holy fools." In this pioneering study Sergey A. Ivanov examines the phenomenon of holy foolery from a cultural standpoint. He identifies its prerequisites and its development in religious thought, and traces the emergence of the first hagiographic texts describing these paradoxical saints. He describes the beginnings of holy foolery in Egyptian monasteries of the fifth century, followed by its high point in the cities of Byzantium, with an eventual decline in the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. He also compares the important Russian tradition of holy fools, which in some form has survived to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199272518
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Oxford Studies in Byzantium Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Precursors and Emergence of Holy Foolery
2. Early Holy Foolery
3. The Golden Age of Holy Foolery
4. The Decline of Byzantine Holy Foolery
5. Holy Foolery's Eastern Periphery
6. Holy Foolery's Western Periphery
7. Old Russian Iurodstvo
8. The Iurodivyi and the Tsar
9. Iurodstvo in Transition
10. Iurodstvo Meets Modernity

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