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Saints and Sainthood around the Baltic Sea
Identity, Literacy, and Communication in the Middle Ages

Edited by Carsten Selch Jensen, Kurt Villads Jensen, Tuomas M S Lehtonen, Nils Holger Petersen and Tracey Sands

Saints and Sainthood around the Baltic Sea
Hardback, 336 pages £86.00
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781580443234
Format: 9.21mm x 6.14mm
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Subjects: Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies
Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

This volume addresses the history of saints and sainthood in the Middle Ages in the Baltic Region, with a special focus on the cult of saints in Russia, Prussia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, and Latvia (Livonia). Essays explore such topics as the introduction of foreign (and "old") saints into new regions, the creation of new local cults of saints in newly Christianized regions, the role of the cult of saints in the creation of political and lay identities, and the potential role of saints in times of war.

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Part I: Introduction and Methodological Questions
Saints and Sainthood around the Baltic Sea: An Introduction by Carsten S. Jensen, Tracey R. Sands, Nils Holger Petersen, Kurt V. Jensen, and Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen
The Elusive Quality of Saints: Saints, Churches, and Cults by Martin Wangsgaard Jurgensen
Medieval Cults and Modern Inventions: Dorothy of Montau, the Teutonic Order and "Katholiken fur Hitler" by Cordelia Hess
Finnish Saints' Tradition and Folklore: Interpreting St. Anne, St. Katherine of Alexandria, and St. Birgitta of Sweden by Irma-Riitta Järvinen

Part II: Cult of Saints in Medieval Russia and Livonia
Varangian Saints and Christ-Like Varangians in Early Rus' Christianity by John H. Lind
The Cult and Visual Representation of Scandinavian Saints in Medieval Livonia by Anu Mänd
History Made Sacred: Martyrdom and the Making of a Sanctified Beginning in Early Thirteenth-Century Livonia by Carsten Selch Jensen

Part III: Saints' Cults and the Creation of Regional and National Identities
St. Canute Lavard around the Baltic Sea by Nils Holger Petersen
Saints, Guilds, and Seals: From Exclusivity to Competition by Lars Bisgaard
Saints and Political Identities in Late Medieval Lund and Uppsala by Tracey R. Sands
Saints at War in the Baltic Region by Kurt Villads Jensen
Saints around the Baltic: Some Remarks, Conclusions, and Further Questions by Felicitas Schmieder

Carsten Selch Jensen is Associate Professor in Church History at the University of Copenhagen.

Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen is Secretary General of the Finnish Literature Society, and Adjunct Professor (Docent) of European History at the University of Helsinki.

Tracey Sands is an independent scholar of Scandinavian Studies, based in California.

Nils Holger Petersen is Associate Professor emeritus of Church History, University of Copenhagen.

Kurt Villads Jensen is Professor in medieval history and Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, Stockholm University.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 336 pages
 9.21mm x 6.14mm

BIC Code:
  HIS010000, HIS037010, REL033000
 Medieval Institute Publications


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