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Miracles and Pilgrims : Popular Beliefs in Medieval England - Ronald C. Finucane

Miracles and Pilgrims

Popular Beliefs in Medieval England

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The records of "miracles" in the Middle Ages are among the most unexploited documents of medieval popular Christianity. This book, based on over 3000 posthumous miracles (the wonders attributed to saints after their deaths), pieces together an account of the extent to which the world of pilgrims, miracles, and faith-healing exerted its hold over the medieval imagination. The book contains descriptions of the curative healing that took place at saints' shrines, and it makes connections between the medical knowledge of the Middle Ages and the incidence of miracles; for the conditions of medieval life reinforced the popular beliefs in wonder-working saints. The events at the curative shrines provide a glimpse of the behaviour of medieval people at centres of popular religion and an indication of what sorts of people were involved, and why and how they made their journeys.

List of Illustrations and Maps - Introduction - PART 1: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND - Dark Age Christianity: Miracles in the Missionary Epoch -The Holy Dead and their Relics - Pilgrims' Progress and Wonder Tales - PART 2: ENGLISH SHRINES AND PILGRIMS - Faith-Healing: Medicine and Miracle - Saintly Therapy in Action: Shrine-cures and Home-cures - Recording and Sorting Posthumous Miracles - Murders and Miracle-cults in Twelfth-century England - Saints, Sickness and Snobbery: Shrines and their Clientele - Maps and Miracles: The Geography of Pilgrimage -The Changing Fortunes of a Curative Shrine: St. Thomas Cantilupe - PART 3: THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE REFORMATION - Shifting Loyalties: New Shrines and Old Saints at the end of the Middle Ages - The Destruction of the Shrines - Conclusion - Abbreviations - Notes - Select Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333644300
ISBN-10: 9780312125288
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 12th May 1995
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 21.0