Communities of Saint Martin: Legend and Ritual in Medieval Tours

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Cornell University Press, 1991 - Religion - 358 pages
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Sharon Farmer here investigates the ways in which three medieval communities--the town of Tours, the basilica of Saint-Martin there, and the abbey of Marmoutier nearby--all defined themselves through the cult of Saint Martin. She demonstrates how in the early Middle Ages the bishops of Tours used the cult of Martin, their fourth-century predecessor, to shape an idealized image of Tours as Martin's town.
 

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Contents

PART ONE BEGGING FAVOR
21
The Act of Supplication
59
The Court of the Heavenly King
77
PART TWO CONSTRUCTING A POLITICAL COMMUNITY
105
Toward an Iconic Kingship
138
PART THREE BEGGING PARDON
175
The Ideal of Discretionary Justice
214
PART FOUR RITUAL AND REALITY
235
How Does a Ritual Mean?
289
Disputes involving churches and laity
325
Notes
339
Selected Bibliography
423
Index
449
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Farmer is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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