IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1324: Saints at the Margins, II: Unconventional Sainthood

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

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:Michel Kaplan, UFR d'histoire, Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Paper 1324-aConverting and Sanctifying the Marginal: Baptism in Blood
(Language: English)
Alan Thacker, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1324-bFigures from the Old Testament, and the Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Estelle Cronnier, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS - UMR 8167), Paris
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1324-cCreating a Martyr: The Case of St Ælfheah
(Language: English)
Abigail Steed, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Hagiography, Theology

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 second session is focused on individuals who represented challenging material for sainthood, since they did not fit the conventional categories of pious martyr, rural ascetic, or saintly bishop.