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Saints of the Christianization Age of Central Europe

Tenth to Twelfth Centuries

Gabor Klaniczay

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: Central European University Press

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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General Editors’ Preface

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pp. vii-viii

CEMT does not need to be introduced any more, after the publication of five volumes, all of which were received positively by medievalists. Interest in the history of the region and the need for bi-lingual editions of its narrative sources are not less present today than they were twelve years ago, when the series started. ...


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pp. ix-x

List of Illustrations

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pp. xi

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The Hagiography of Conversion

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pp. 1-16

The tenth and eleventh centuries saw an explosion of documentation relating to the history of Central Europe. The chronicles of Widukind of Corvey and Thietmar of Merseburg have much to say about the eastern neighbors of the Ottonian Reich, as indeed does Adam of Bremen. The end of the eleventh century and early ...

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Passion of Saint Wenceslas by Gumpold of Mantua [Includes Image Plate]

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pp. 17-75

Wenceslas of Bohemia was assassinated in 935 and was soon to become the first Slavic saint, as well as to play a prominent role in the creation of the medieval cult of holy rulers.1 According to some sources,2 it was his very murderer, his younger brother Boleslav I, who instigated Wenceslas’s veneration by ordering a solemn translation of the holy remains and their deposition in ...

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Life of Saint Adalbert Bishop of Prague and Martyr [Includes Image Plate]

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pp. 77-181

One of the things that today’s visitors to the Roman church of San Bartolomeo all’Isola will notice almost immediately is a marble fountain incorporated somewhat incongruously in the steps leading up to the main altar (see Fig. 3). This impressive artifact, dating back to the eleventh or the twelfth century, preserves the memory ...

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Life of the Five Brethren by Bruno of Querfurt [Includes Image Plate]

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pp. 183-313

The Vita quinque fratrum by Bruno of Querfurt is the main, although not the only source of information about the so-called Great Polish Hermitage, which may have been located at Międzyrzecz (Germ. Meseritz), a locality in today’s western Poland that is still famous for its extensive forests and numerous lakes.1 It is a piece of hagiography characterized by ...

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Lives of the Holy Hermits Zoerard the Confessor and Benedict the Martyr by Blessed Maurus, Bishop of Pécs [Includes Image Plate]

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pp. 315-337

Notwithstanding its brevity, the legend of Zoerard and Benedict is not only valuable as a historical source, but also of special interest for literary historians as the earliest preserved hagiographic text written on the territory of Hungary.1 Its author is Bishop Maurus of Pécs, who composed it most probably in 1064 or shortly before. ...

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The Deeds of Blessed Gaudentius, Bishop of Osor (Marina Miladinov, with a preface [Includes Image Plate]

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pp. 339-361

The main source for the life of St. Gaudentius, bishop of Osor (It. Ossero) on the island of Cres (It. Cherso),1 is his vita, composed by an anonymous monk who reports that he, along with other brethren, personally listened to the saint telling his life-story during his last years which he spent in the monastery of St. Mary Portus Novi ...

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pp. 363-380

Select Hagiography of the Saints of this Volume

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pp. 381-393

Index of Proper Names

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pp. 395-402

Index of Places

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pp. 403-405

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9786155225406
Print-ISBN-13: 9786155225208

Publication Year: 2012

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  • Christian saints -- Europe, Central -- Legends -- Early works to 1800.
  • Christian literature, Latin (Medieval and modern) -- Translations into English.
  • Europe, Central -- Church history -- Early works to 1800.
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