Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?: Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation

Princeton University Press
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From its earliest centuries, one of the most notable features of Christianity has been the veneration of the saints—the holy dead. This ambitious history tells the fascinating story of the cult of the saints from its origins in the second-century days of the Christian martyrs to the Protestant Reformation. Robert Bartlett examines all of the most important aspects of the saints—including miracles, relics, pilgrimages, shrines, and the saints' role in the calendar, literature, and art.

The book explores the central role played by the bodies and body parts of saints, and the special treatment these relics received. From the routes, dangers, and rewards of pilgrimage, to the saints' impact on everyday life, Bartlett's account is an unmatched examination of an important and intriguing part of the religious life of the past—as well as the present.

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About the author

Robert Bartlett is professor of mediaeval history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
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Publisher
Princeton University Press
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Published on
Nov 10, 2013
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Pages
808
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ISBN
9781400848782
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / General
History / Europe / Medieval
Religion / Christianity / General
Religion / Christianity / History
Religion / Christianity / Saints & Sainthood
Religion / History
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