Holy Bones, Holy Dust: How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe 0300184301, 9780300184303

Relics were everywhere in medieval society. Saintly morsels such as bones, hair, teeth, blood, milk, and clothes, and it

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Holy Bones, Holy Dust: How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe
 0300184301, 9780300184303

Table of contents :
List of Illustrations
Preface
Prologue: The Making of a Martyr
1. How the Christian Relic Emerged
2. The Incorruptible Flesh of the Martyrs
3. Creating a Christian Landscape
4. The Battle for Acceptance
5. The View from Byzantium
6. Bishops, Magic and Relics in the Post-Roman World
7. 'A barbarous, fierce and unbelieving nation'
8. The Great Consolidator
9. Hope and Desperation in a Disordered World
10. Cults and the Rise of Anti-Semitism
11. Fervent Christian Pilgrims
12. 'The eyes are fed with gold-bedecked reliquaries'
13. Looting the East
14. Louis IX and the Sainte-Chapelle
15. Sacred Flesh Between Death and Resurrection
16. 'Christ's recruits … fight back'
17. Protectors of il Popolo
18. The Virgin Mary and the Penitent Whore
19. The Wondrous Blood of Christ
20. Rescuers and Devils
21. 'Of far-off saints, hallowed in sundry lands'
22. 'dead images that... may not... help any man of any disease'
23. Protestantism and the New Iconoclasm
24. Intimations of Reality
25. Reasserting the Miraculous
26. Within the Community of the Supernatural
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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