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Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? : Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation

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From its earliest centuries, one of the most notable features of Christianity has been the veneration of the saints--the holy dead. This ambitious history tells the fascinating story of the cult of the saints from its origins in the second-century days of the Christian martyrs to the Protestant Reformation. Robert Bartlett examines all of the most important aspects of the saints--including miracles, relics, pilgrimages, shrines, and the saints' role in the calendar, literature, and art.

The book explores the central role played by the bodies and body parts of saints, and the special treatment these relics received. From the routes, dangers, and rewards of pilgrimage, to the saints' impact on everyday life, Bartlett's account is an unmatched examination of an important and intriguing part of the religious life of the past--as well as the present.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 787
Genre: History, Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Medieval, Christianity / History, Europe / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Robert Bartlett
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2015
TCIN: 50124845
UPC: 9780691169682
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-1607
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