IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1224: Saints at the Margins, I: The Struggle to Launch and Maintain a Cult

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:ERC Project 'Cult of Saints', University of Oxford
Organisers:Bryan Ward-Perkins, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Robert Wiśniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Moderator/Chair:Robert Wiśniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Paper 1224-aNo Worship for Old Saints: The Carolingian Construction of the Actus of the Bishops of Le Mans, 1st-7th Centuries
(Language: English)
Bertrand Lançon, Département d'Histoire, Université de Limoges / Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en histoire, histoire de l’art et musicologie, Université de Poitiers
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1224-bTexts and Tangibility: Fighting Oblivion in Gregory of Tours' Hagiography
(Language: English)
Pia Bockius, Geschichte der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Abstract

The four sessions of ‘Saints at the Margins’ explore the lower reaches of sainthood: men and women who nearly, but didn’t quite make it into sainthood; and those who just succeeded in being accepted as saints, sometimes only to sink slowly back into oblivion. This first session is focused on the difficulties of establishing a successful cult in a world already crowded with saints.