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

Miracles and Pilgrims

Popular Beliefs in Medieval England

Paperback Published: 12th May 1995
ISBN: 9780333644300
Number Of Pages: 248

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The records of 'miracles' in the Middle Ages are among the most valuable and unexploited documents of medieval popular Christianity. Now available for the first time in paperback, Ronald Finucane's highly praised historical detective-work, based on over 3000 posthumous miracles (the wonders attributed to saints after their deaths), pieces together a fascinating account of the extent to which the world of pilgrims, miracles and faith-healing exerted its hold over the medieval imagination. Miracle-working at saints' shrines usually concerned curative healing. The book is rich in stories of crippled limbs crackling as they straightened during a miracle, 'possessed' people on the rampage, the screams and groans preceding the moment when blind people could see again. Above all, Ronald Finucane makes important new connections between the medical knowledge of the Middle Ages and the incidence of miracles; for the conditions of medieval life unquestionably reinforced the popular beliefs in wonder-working saints. The events at the curative shrines provide a rare glimpse of the behavior 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: 0333644301
Series: Popular Beliefs in Medieval England
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 12th May 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 18