The Invention of Saintliness
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Invention of Saintliness by Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker
Book DescriptionThis volume discusses, from an historical and literary angle, the ways in which sanctification and the inscription of saintliness take place. Going beyond the traditional categories of canonization, cult, liturgical veneration and hagiographical lives, the work raises fundamental issues concerning definitions of saints and saintliness in a period before the concept was crystallized in canon law. As well as discussing sources and methodology, contributions cover contextual issues, including relics and veneration, life and the afterlife, and examinations of specific sources and texts. Subjects raised include the idea of hagiography as intimate biography, perceptions of holiness in writings by and about female mystics, and bodily aspects of the Franciscan search for evangelical perfection.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415267595
(234mm x 156mm x 9mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker
Women and Experience in Later Medieval Writing, Hardback (May 2009)
This volume examines the common medieval notion of life experience as a source of wisdom and traces that theme through different texts and genres to uncover the fabric of experience woven into the writings by, for, and about women.
Gendering the Middle Ages, Paperback (November 2001)
A collection in which a group of leading historians of medieval Europe apply a gendered analysis to a series of questions ranging from the transformation of the Roman world and the Christian challenge to late antique masculinity, through canon law and Byzantine coinage to the childhood of medieval visionaries.
Sanctity and Motherhood, Hardback (May 1995)» View all books by Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker
The book's original essays examine the religious experience of historical holy mothers and saints and how these women were perceived by their communities and their biographers.
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Author Biography - Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker
Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History and Medieval Studies at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). Her wide-ranging publications on historiography, hagiography and Gender Studies include Sanctity and Motherhood (Garland, 1995), De Kluizenaar in de Eik (The Hermit in the Oak, 1995), and Gouden Legenden (Golden Legend, 1998). She is presently preparing a book on Anchoresses in the Low Countries.
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