Development[ edit ] Hagiography constituted an important literary genre in the early Christian churchproviding some informational history along with the more inspirational stories and legends. The genre of lives of the saints first came into being in the Roman Empire as legends about Christian martyrs were recorded.
We will begin with pre-Christian, biblical martyrs, followed by the Christian martyr acts, semi-historical documents that describe the trials and deaths of Christians persecuted in the Roman Empire.
We then trace the development of the genre with the spread of Christianity and its adaptation into the vernacular areas of Western Europe. The main focus of this course will be on medieval continental western Europe and the British Isles, but there is room to explore post-medieval and contemporary, including secular, hagiographies.
While we will mostly concern ourselves with written texts, our investigation will include some non-verbal hagiographic forms manuscript illuminations, images, architecture, cult objects, etc.
Along the way, we will also explore topics relevant to a wide variety of interests and fields, such as gendered sanctity, sexuality and sainthood, the role of the body both emphasized and denied in the ideology of sainthood, the relationship between the body and the mind, various forms of spirituality and their historical dimensions, the relationship between genre and religious didactic goals, tradition and innovation of form, and hagiography as historiography.History at Lancaster University.
Home > Seminars >: Seminar VII: Hagiography. Hagiography, the historical genre which is the subject of this week’s seminar, comprises narratives concerned with the saints and their achievements, especially the miracles which God has .
This course traces the history of hagiography—arguably the most important literary/historical genre of the Middle Ages and definitely its most popular—from its beginnings in late antiquity to its prolific flourishing in the later medieval period and beyond.
influential works in history and hagiography—the writing of saints’ lives, which became the most widespread literary genre of the period. Nevertheless, the standard of literature continued to decline, becoming more and more conventional and artificial.
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