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Saints and their Communities: Miracle Stories in Twelfth-Century England

Simon Yarrow


This book offers a new approach to the study of lay religion as evidenced in collections of miracle narratives in 12th-century England. There are a number of problems associated with the interpretation of this hagiographical genre and an extended introduction discusses these. The first issue is the tendency to read these narratives as transparent accounts of lay religion as if it were something susceptible to static, ‘ethnographic’ treatment in isolation from wider social and political activities. The second issue is the challenge of explaining the miraculous as a credible part of cultural exp ... More

Keywords: lay religion, miracle narratives, hagiographical genre, medieval mindset, spiritual patronage, specific cults, peasantry, urban communities, rural hinterlands, tomb-centred sanctity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283637
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Yarrow, author
Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Birmingham
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