Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780226175263 Published November 2014
E-book $18.00 Available for pre-order. ISBN: 9780226175430 Will Publish November 2014

The Cult of the Saints

Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity, Enlarged Edition

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

With a new Preface by the Author
224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1980, 2014
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780226175263 Published November 2014
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9780226175430 Will Publish November 2014
In this groundbreaking work, Peter Brown explores how the worship of saints and their corporeal remains became central to religious life in Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. During this period, earthly remnants served as a heavenly connection, and their veneration is a fascinating window into the cultural mood of a region in transition.

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.
Praise for the previous edition | Library Journal
“Brilliantly original and highly sophisticated.”

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

5          Praesentia

6          Potentia


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