By Thomas F. Head

It is a examine of where of customer saints in Frankish society in the course of the Carolingian and early Capetian sessions. The booklet specializes in the composition of works in compliment of useless holy humans - hagiography - and the veneration in their actual is still - the cult of saints. It examines the consumers of a unmarried diocese, Orl?ans, simply because a saint's strength of patronage used to be outlined when it comes to a selected locale. past the documentation of this region's textual and institutional traditions, the e-book explores the makes use of made up of sanctity and patronage by way of the Franks. those so-called 'fathers' safe monasteries opposed to interference via ecclesiastical and secular professionals. furthermore, as population of God's courtroom of heaven, those 'fathers' served clergymen and laypeople as intercessors with God in concerns of sin and affliction. therefore they supplied, within the Orl?anais and in other places, an immense resource of energy and authority, in addition to a side of Christian trust which used to be shared via clergy and laity.

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24, p. 597; Letaldus of Micy, Miracula s. Maximini, c. 2, p . 601. MGH, Poetae aevi Carolini, 1, 520-2; Bertholdus of Micy, Vita s. Maximini I, c. 25, p. 597. GC, VIII, 1513—14. Also see Cottineau 1939—70, col. 1838. O n the rejection of the Merovingian origins of Saint-Euverte, see Martiniere 1939, p. 13; Gaillard and Debal 1987, pp. 26-7. Also see the discussion of the Acta translations s. Evurtii below. For a bibliographical summary, see Cottineau 1939-70, col. 2139. Martiniere 1939, pp. 23—32; Berland 1978b, pp.

For this definition of hagiography see Graus 1965, p. 25. Sigal (1980) discusses the relationship of hagiography (repeating this definition) and historiography in medieval literature. The bibliography on hagiography and the cult of the saints is vast, and it is impossible to cite here more than a few works of particular relevance to the present study. T h e bibliographical essay in Boesch Gajano 1976, pp. 261—300, and the annotated bibliography in S. Wilson 1983, pp. 309-417, are valuable resources.

Compare his account to the Vita s. Aniani I, c. 10, pp. 115—16. There are several other differences between the two: (1) the author of BHL 473 consistently spelled Aetius as Agetius; (2) the author of BHL 473 stated that Maiorianus was emperor at the time, whereas in fact Valentinian HI reigned from 425 to 455 (see MGH, SRM, in, 110 n. 2); (3) the author of BHL 473 identified Thursomodus, not Theodoridus, as the king of the Goths who was allied to Aetius (see MGH, SRM, 111, 115 n. 3). The two accounts are almost certainly independent and it is impossible to determine which is the earlier.

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