Old English Words for Relics of the Saints

This study begins with a review of some Latin terms and of certain material traits common to early medieval relic-cults, since these profoundly shaped the Old English vocabulary surveyed in the second part of the paper.

The Wolf Miracle in Magnuss saga lengri

The account of the consumption and regurgitation by wolves of a murdered man, before he is revived by Saint Magnus, is to be found at the very end of the series of miracles tales which concludes Magnuss saga lengri

An Unknown Female Martyr from Jerusalem

In the present article we edit the fragment of a text related to an unnamed female new martyr from Jerusalem from the time of John XIII.

Dreams in medieval Saints’ lives: Saint Francis of Assisi

How do medieval descriptions of dreams or visions reflect spiritual growth? What images are used as rhetorical or hagiographical means? And what can we learn from the interpretation of these spiritual images in a late medieval literary context?

Holy rulers and the integration of the medieval Serbian space

This paper proposes a new line of analysis of the rich body of medieval Serbian royal hagiography.

Top 10 Strangest Miracles of the Middle Ages

Holy hairs, Virgin’s milk and how a bird asked for St.Thomas’ help – Top 10 Strangest Miracles in the Middle Ages

Medieval Saints Quiz

Time to test your knowledge of medieval hagiography.

New Project to look at Medieval Miracles in the British Isles

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have started creating an online database to categorize the miracles found in saints’ lives that were written in Britain and Ireland between 500 and 1300.

St. Patrick’s Irish Pride

In honour of the day, it seems fitting to throw out some interesting facts about St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint.

St George’s Day: A Cultural History

The modern celebration of St. George’s Day, frequently associated with intense English nationalism, grew out of a religious feast that commemorated a Middle-Eastern individual who died protesting an intolerant empire.

St. Brendan and his miraculous food: heavenly meals for a legendary voyage

Therefore, the so called Navigatio Sancti brendani abbatis features real persons in an imaginary world, where credible details and legendary traits mingle with each other

Following in the footsteps of Christ: text and context in the Vita Mildrethae

Goscelin was the most celebrated hagiographer of his generation, whose prolificacy in writing the ‘lives of countless saints’.

“I, too, am a Christian”: early martyrs and their lives in the late medieval and early modern Irish manuscript tradition

This paper examines part of that future: late medieval and early modern Gaelic Irish devotion to the early Christian martyrs as evidenced in the vernacular manuscript tradition.

Dead virgins: feminine sanctity in medieval Wales

Examines literature on the medieval traditions associated with Welsh holy women. Prerequisites for feminine sanctity; Biographical pattern of the female saints; Implications of the popularity of the Welsh women saints.

Maria Mediatrix: Mediating the Divine in the Devotional Literature of Late Medieval and Early Modern England

In medieval theology, Mary‘s body, as the physical site of the Incarnation, provided an opportunity for speculation about the relationship between divinity and humanity…An examination of how Marian imagery is used as a rhetorical and meditative device in devotional texts will shed light on the way the relationship between human body and divine spirit was experienced.

The Voices of the Saints: Speaking Reliquaries

Although they have often been considered as mere representational labels identifying the relic contained, body-part reliquaries, or what I would prefer to call shaped reliquaries, participate in a fluid exchange of signs

The Lives of St Samson: rewriting the ambitions of an early medieval cult

In the middle of the ninth century, at the monastery of Dol in Brittany, the Life of the sixth-century saint Samson was rewritten. The rewriter evidently perceived a defi- ciency in the existing Life of St Samson, and one that many modern historians would come to share: the fact that it had very little to say about Brittany.

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

Around the fourth century in what is now Turkey, a boy of humble circumstance became a man revered for his many virtues.

Did St. Peter Damian Die in 1073? A New Perspective on His Final Days

The historical narrative of Peter Damian’s final years has been shaped by the belief that he died in early 1072. His chronic ill health, scholars assume, must have gotten worse as he reached his mid sixties.

Saint Lucy’s Day: A Light in a Dark Time

Scandinavian and Sicilian girls eagerly await the arrival of Saint Lucy on 13 December.

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