IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1530: Saints at the Margins, III: Failed Saints

Thursday 6 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

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:Claudia Rapp, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 1530-aUncertainty and Anxiety in the Mind of Gregory of Tours
(Language: English)
Bryan Ward-Perkins, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1530-bPagan, Apostate, or Saint?: The Unconvincing Martyrdom of William Longsword, Second Count of Normandy
(Language: English)
David Defries, Department of History, Kansas State University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1530-cImperial Peg, Saintly Hole: Eusebius of Caesarea on Constantine
(Language: English)
James Corke-Webster, Department of Classics & Ancient History, Durham University
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 third session looks at potential saints who just failed to cross the line into sainthood, at least initially.