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Reforming Saints: Saints' Lives and Their Authors in Germany, 1470-1530

David J. Collins


Reforming Saints explains how and why Renaissance humanists composed Latin hagiography in Germany in the decades leading up to the Reformation. Reforming Saints shows that, contrary to scholarly presumptions, there was a resurgence in the composition of saints’ lives in the half centuries on either side of 1500 and that German humanists were among the most active authors and editors of these texts. A goal of Reforming Saints is therefore to shed light on the intersection of a kind of writer (the humanist) and a kind of literature (hagiography) at a defining moment for both. Reform ... More

Keywords: Bollandists, Catholicism, Christianity, church reform, Counter‐Reformation, Erasmus, Germany, hagiography, humanists, Luther, religious culture, Reformation, Renaissance, saints, vita

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195329537
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329537.001.0001


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David J. Collins, author
Georgetown University
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