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Holy Treasure and Sacred Song: Relic Cults and their Liturgies in Medieval Tuscany

Benjamin Brand


This book explores the complex interplay between relic cults and the liturgy in the Middle Ages. The cults of saints buried in churches throughout Christendom provoked expressions of devotion through various media, including not only more familiar ones like hagiographic literature, sacred architecture, and visual art but also the texts, music, and ritual of the liturgy. This study situates this oft-neglected yet critical domain of religious life at the center of its examination of relic cults in medieval Tuscany, which boasted the rich and well-documented veneration of holy bishops and martyrs ... More

Keywords: Tuscany, saints, relic cults, liturgy, plainsong, Mass, Divine Office, Rome, Carolingian Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199351350
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Brand, author
University of North Texas