IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1630: Saints at the Margins, IV: Saints, but by a Whisker

Thursday 6 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

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:Julia M. H. Smith, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 1630-aThe Mysterious Origins of the Cult of Torpes of Pisa
(Language: English)
Matthieu Pignot, Institute of History, University of Warsaw
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1630-bA Saint with Hagiography but No Cult: Antony, Archbishop of Thessaloniki († 843)
(Language: English)
Michel Kaplan, UFR d'histoire, Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
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 fourth and final session examines saints who achieved sainthood from unpromising beginnings – in some cases later acquiring a flourishing cult; in others never really attracting veneration, or subsequently fading into obscurity.