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Saints : A Very Short Introduction - Simon Yarrow

Saints

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st December 2018
ISBN: 9780199676514
Number Of Pages: 144

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The idea of saints and sainthood are familiar to all, irrelevant of religious faith. In this Very Short Introduction, Simon Yarrow looks at the origins, ideas, and definitions of sainthood, sanctity, and saints in the early Church, tracing their development in history and explaining the social roles saints played in the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds.

Along the way, Yarrow considers the treatment of saints as objects of literary and artistic expression and interpretation, and as examples of idealized male and female heroism, and compares Christian saints and holy figures to venerated figures in other religious cultures, including Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. He concludes by considering the experiences of devotees to saints, and looking at how saints continue to be a powerful presence in our modern world.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

1: Introduction 2: Inventing the saints 3: Sainthood in the Middle Ages 4: Early modern sainthood 5: Gendering the saints 6: Writing the saints 7: Globalizing the saints 8: Sainthood in a secular world 9: Experiencing the saints Further reading Index

ISBN: 9780199676514
ISBN-10: 0199676518
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st December 2018
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 11.5  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.14

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