The Cult of the Saints
Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity, Enlarged Edition
Brown challenges the long-held “two-tier” idea of religion that separated the religious practices of the sophisticated elites from those of the superstitious masses, instead arguing that the cult of the saints crossed boundaries and played a dynamic part in both the Christian faith and the larger world of late antiquity. He shows how men and women living in harsh and sometimes barbaric times relied upon the holy dead to obtain justice, forgiveness, and power, and how a single sainted hair could inspire great thinkers and great artists.
An essential text by one of the foremost scholars of European history, this expanded edition includes a new preface from Brown, which presents new ideas based on subsequent scholarship.
Preface to the 2014 Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
1 The Holy and the Grave
2 “A Fine and Private Place”
3 The Invisible Companion
4 The Very Special Dead