The Making of Christian Myths in the Periphery of Latin Christendom (c. 1000-1300)

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Lars Boje Mortensen
Museum Tusculanum Press, 2006 - History - 348 pages
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Mythology is usually reserved for non-Christian religions. However, the adoption of Christianity in Northern and East-Central Europe between c. 1000 and 1300 can be adequately described as a myth-making process: local saints were added to the Christian pantheon in all regions entering Latin Europe. The present collection explores the links between local sanctity and the making of national myths in medieval historical writing. By bringing together specialists in history and literature of the European periphery in question, the case is made that the writing of history and saints lives from this pioneering period should been analysed together as mainly successful attempts at creating cultural foundation myths. The book is based on a conference held in Bergen in November 2003 on Historiography and the Holy and forms part of the research programme at the interdisciplinary Centre of Medieval Studies (CMS) at the University of Bergen.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Constructing the Past Religious Dimen
17
Pilgrims Missionaries and Martyrs
79
The Beginnings of Local Hagiography
121
The Friend of the Meek The Late Medi
135
God and the Saints in Medieval Polish His
153
In the Presence of the Dead Saint
195
Royal Saints in Hungarian Chronicles
217
Sanctified Beginnings and Mythopoi
247
Divine Election for Nations a Difficult Rheto
275
Constructing Religious Pasts Summary reflec
315
Reflections on Historiography and the Holy
323
Acknowledgements
331
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Lars Boje Mortensen is Professor of Ancient and Medieval Cultural History at the University of Southern Denmark and Prof II of Medieval Latin at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Bergen.

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