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A Brief History of Saints (Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781405114011
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release Date: Jan 14, 2005
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.80 x 7.20 x 5.60 inches

Overview

A Brief History of Saints follows the rise of the cult of saints in Christianity from its origin in the age of the martyrs down to the present day.

  • Refers to both well-known saints, such as Joan of Arc, and lesser-known figures like the ‘holy fools’ in the Orthodox tradition

  • Ranges over subjects as diverse as the history of canonization processes, the Reformation critique of the cult of saints, and the role of saints in other religious traditions

  • Discusses the relevance of sainthood in the postmodern era

  • Two appendices describe patron saints and the iconography of saints in art.

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