Peter Brown s The Cult of the Saints It s Rise and function in Latin Christianity as laid out in the opening chapter is an all inclusive examination of the very special dead and their detached holy paraphernalia in Bright College Years: Inside the American Campus Today relation to late antiue 200 500 ADeligion society and modes of thinking Brown will argue fervently that the eligious shifts which occurred throughout the The common view of eligion in ancient times was that educated people held well thought out beliefs while on the popular level superstitions and wacky ideas persisted This has led many scholars to argue that the Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans: Seventeenth-Century Essays rise of the cult of the saints was a popular movementesisted by the leaders in the Catholic church Brown argues against this showing that such a two tiered view of eligion is a
result of stereotyping and poor history then eality In this book he of stereotyping and poor history then Contemporary Film Theory reality In this book he light on how the saints achieved their place in the medieval era I found the book interesting though I would love a theological treatment of how the saints functioned and function in Catholicism Of course I can t criticize Brown for not writing that book as he is a historian and this book is a good piece of historical writing This was an interesting book Brown traces the development of the cult of saints in western Christianity mainly as he explores the inclusive and developing populareligion and the somewhat aloof Tagalog English Dictionary religion of the clergy Brown essentiallyejects the development of the cult of saints as the natural evolution of popular superstition Instead he ecounts examples of how this form of piety was championed by the elite as well as artistic developments See my other eviews here I Baby Elephant Gets Lost really enjoyedeading this I know I m going against the general grain of 100 Themes de Conversation en Francais reviews here but I didn t find the book to be much of a chore toead It s certainly dense it s only 127 pages and there are a lot of ideas packed in there and it made me slow down my eading pace a bit but I don t think any of it is unnecessary Considering the complexity of his ideas and the number of pages he uses to convey them I think the work as a whole winds up being ather elegant It s also eally thoughtful Brown presents and then effectively ejects the traditional idea of a two tiered society in late antiuity in which the pseudo paganism that Street-Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties remained in the lowerural classes that had just converted to Christianity forced the cultural and social elite to grudgingly accept the cult of the saints Brown instead suggests that the cult of the saints was an essentially elite phenomenon based on the Roman concepts of friendship and patronage and fraught with tension between the lay and ecclesiastical elites who wished to control it It s a fun argument and a very persuasive one My only small criticism would be that Brown takes his argument a bit too far at the end He suggests that the cult of the saints wound up making nature a passive force drained of the divinity that paganism had attributed to it It s a provocative idea but Brown doesn t give it nearly enough space in his last few pages to adeuately answer the uestions he The Back House Ghosts raises It winds up being too neat an inversion of the argument he initiallyejected he s Haven: A Graphic Novel right to say thatural classes didn t contaminate a pure elite Physical Basis of the Direction of Time, The. the Frontiers Collection. religion with saint veneration but I don t think it s fair to argue that the elite promotion of the cult of the saints wiped outural pre Christian beliefs about nature I have discovered a great scholar of first ank in this book by Peter Brown my first encounter with the erudite historian of the late classical period but certainly not my last It would be difficult to overstate my extreme enthusiasm for this book which is beautiful penetrating and immensely illuminating Brown is a scholar of extraordinary erudition and in this volume he examines the genesis and evolution of the cult of sainthood in Europe from the earliest days of the Christian church through the seventh century Examining the phenomenon from a variety of angles he combines the analytical perspicacity of the finest historiographers with a deep philosophical and humanist insight into the profound human uestions at stake in the transformation of eligious culture Brown examines the saint cult in six essays exploring concepts of space holiness the multiplicity of selves presence and distance and power Drawing from an impressive array of classical and modern sources he examines the cardinal aspects of saints such as pilgrimage My Honorable Brother: A Thriller relics healing powers their use by both peasant and noble alike Brown offers a powerful critiue. Following the fall of the Roman Empire in the West the cult of the saints was the dominant form ofeligion in Christian Europe In this elegantly written work Peter Brown explores the ole of tombs shrines elics and pilgrimages connected with the sacred bodies of the saints He shows how men and women living in harsh and sometimes barbaric times elied upon the merciful intercession of the holy dead to obtain justice forgiveness and to find new ways to accept their fellows Challenging the common treatment of
Peter R.L. Brown ´ 9 Free eadD to the same therapy by the nature of the shrine itself For the art of the shrine in late antiuity is an art of closed surfaces Behind these surfaces the holy lay either totally hidden or glimpsed through narrow apertures The opacity of the surfaces heightened an awareness of the ultimate unattainability in this life of the person ie the saint they had traveled over such wide spaces to touch Brown 86 87There is so much in this passage if as I am you are predisposed to map the structure of the pilgrimage onto other texts I d eally like discussions of how
MacGuffins And PROs Priceless Ritualand PROs Priceless Ritual Edward Gorey s term do and don t map onto saints elics way The Lord of the Rings is an anti pilgrimage Frodo to get to Mount Doom pilgrimage but it s to id himself of the unholy I feel perfectly okay using that adjective for the Ring in this context ather than to approach the holy the difference between a uest and a pilgrimage and how those differences affect the structure of a work Odysseus is on a pilgrimage to each his home Aeneas is on a uest to find somewhere to call home why fantasy as a genre is so invested in the therapy of distance the effect of the uest structure used for instance by the movie version of The Wizard of Oz wherein the uester goes through perils and trials only to discover that what she s looking for was at homeon her feet the whole time the definition of home for that matter and what its value is as a place of pilgrimage andor uest object And the potential The Glass Arrow reading list The Canterbury Tales The Faerie ueene Sir Gawain and the Green Knight The Lord of the Rings Don uixote Pilgrim s Progress Growing Up Weightless because we need to start teaching John M Ford The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Supernatural To the Lighthouse if I want to get pretentious high brow literary into Bloomsbury because I am not touching Joyce with a ten foot pole the Odyssey the Aeneid hey the Satyricon just to embarrass the fuck out of my students Heart of Darkness post colonialeading Candide Gulliver s Travels Huckleberry Finn and the picaresue in general because it both is and isn t like uests and pilgrimages Return to Nev Einatmen, Ausatmen ry n which are meta parody of the whole genre on top of everything else theye doing The X Files Le Petit Prince this list badly needs women and people of color because apparently you can take the girl out of the canon but you can t take the canon out of the girl The Wizard of Oz books and the 1939 movie since the movie differs pretty dramatically from Baum s original in its valuations of Oz and Kansas Lassie Come Home Pinocchio The Velveteen Rabbit The Incredible Journey The Beginning Place there d have to be a small assortment of core texts and a smorgasbord of secondary eading because apparently what I actually want to teach is a graduate seminar and then a wide variety of works that students could do individual esearch projects on basically anything they could make a case for I know there must be manga that would be perfect for instance but I have no idea what ending with presentations to the class If enrollment was small enough we could try to fake up a sort of mini conference ahem Here endeth the digressionIf you are interested in this odd little corner of history this book is absolutely worth finding I eally like Virginia Woolf although for her nonfiction than her fiction but I have un out of patience with the artificial divide between literary and popular fiction that the soi disant literati of the early twentieth century created in Anglophone literature And I m afraid she d be a pain in the ass to teach Ditto come to think of it for Mervyn Peake Gormenghast would be awesome conceptually but oh my god a nightmare about a plague in the classroom Also try though I do to overcome it I eally dislike himIf anyone wants to try and actually teach this course you have 100% permission to steal my idea Had to ead for my Saints and Sinners in the Middle Ages course Interesting material but would not have gone searching for it on my own I ead this book for a class so it wasn t eally voluntary but it turned out to be Dahmer Detective: The Interrogation and Investigation That Shocked The World really interesting It covers the functions of saints andelics in he late antiuity so up to about 1000 AD almost It s a short 20th Century Photography: Museum Ludwig Cologne read and pretty academic but not so bad that youe lost But honestly I think what made it interesting was the exposure to elics that I ve had in the past year and a half I found it elevant to life The Scruffy Drunk: The Wife in Space, Volume 2 right now and without thatelevance I don t think I would have enjoyed it as muc. A gift for the memorable phrase and sees what the passersby have often overlooked An eye opener on an important but neglected phase of Western development The Christian Century Brilliantly original and highly sophisticated The Cult of the Saints is based on great learning in several disciplines and the story is told with an exceptional appreciation for the broad social context Students of many aspects of medieval culture especially popular eligion will want to consult this work Bennett D Hill Library Journal. ,
Of the tendency of eligious scholars to dismiss the whole phenomenon as merely a holdout of pagan polytheism which he effectively dismantles with counter evidence and analysis That argument alone is worth the price of admission I can hardly imagine a greater work on the topic and cannot Deathless recommend it strongly enough Really Good This small book is essentialeading for anyone drawn towards or perplexed by patristicmedieval approaches to the cult of the saints Here Brown is focused on deconstructing
Hume s two tier approach to Christian piety the view that the piety of the common folk naturally eturns to as two
Tier Approach To Christianapproach to Christian the view that the piety of the common folk naturally eturns to a
Paganism As Opposed Toas opposed to piety of the intellectual elites which alone can maintain a obust monotheism Instead Brown argues that the cult of the saints was one of the primary challenges Latin Christianity posed against pagan notions of the elationship between God death and the natural world He shines a lot of light on fourth and fifth century critiues of saint venerati Peter Brown begins by announcing a topic and ends by illuminating a period In this work he uses the cult of the saints to trace the shift from ancient pagan to late antiue Christian cosmology The ancient pagan link between the individual person nature and the divine was The Third Lynx (Quadrail, replaced by a hierarchical mediatorial system populated by fellow humans Modeled after the late Roman system of patronage the cult of the saints brought Western Christendom into a spiritual web of patronageelationships dominated by cultural elites and bishops This short book of only 130 pages in 6 chapters plus a very helpful preface in the Mixed Doubles revised edition is densely packed with information but is nevertheless veryeadable as each chapter is tightly wrapped around its theme Brown sueezes significance out of every detail Some assertions may be debatable but there is no shortage of debates worth having Highly Julio Bunny and the Foreign Lion (Free Audio Book Inside): --- Easter Book Collection For Kids recommended for scholars of this historical period or of the Christianeligion in general 127 pages about Christianity in late antiuity ca AD 300 600 and the increasing devotion to specifically martyred saints and their physical emains Brown talks about shrines and pilgrimages and burials and exorcisms and elics and it is all fascinating 4 of 5 stars only because I ve ead The Body Society Men Women Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity long long ago in an undergraduate history class and that book sets the particular bar for Professor Brown kind of high This is a lovely book full of affection for the ather difficult men Augustine of Hippo Gregory of Tours Paulinus of Nola who are our guides to the growing adoration of the saints in the transition from the Rome centric culture of the Empire to a much dispersed elationship of interdependent loci of Christian worshiplife of the mindBrown is absolutely explicit and open about the fact that this book leaves out enormous chunks of Romanearly medieval culture he s talking about the upper class male intellectuals who created and transmitted the theological core of hagiophilia love of the saints I don t know if that was previously a word but I need it to be ight now He discusses women and the poor and we can talk about the infinite drop down list of problems with the way he conceptualizes the two as monolithic and discrete categories some other time only anecdotally so if what you Dying Light really want is social history this is not the book for you I found it both a pleasure toead and a useful introduction to the intellectual end of a fascinating phenomenonThere s also a thing in here that if I were still teaching undergraduate English I would totally use for an upper level course on pilgrimages and uestsBy localizing the holy in this manner martyrs shrines late antiue Christianity could feed on the facts of distance and on the joys of proximity This distance might be physical distance For this pilgrimage was the emedy As Alphonse Dupront has put it so succinctly pilgrimage was une th apie par l espace The pilgrim committed himself or herself to the therapy of distance by ecognizing that what he or she wished for was not to be had in the immediate environment Distance could symbolize needs unsatisfied so that as Dupront continues le p lerinage demeure essentiallement depart pilgrimage emains essentially the fact of leaving But distance is there to be overcome the experience of pilgrimage activates a yearning for intimate closeness For the pilgrims who arrived after the obvious therapy of distance involved in long travel found themselves subjecte. He cult as an outbreak of superstition among the lower classes Brown demonstrates how this form of eligiousity engaged the finest minds of the Church and elicited from members of the educated upper classes some of their most splendid achievements in poetry literature and the patronage of the artsBrown has an international eputation for his fine style a style he here turns on to illuminate the cult of the saints Christianity was born without such a cult; it took The Case of the General's Thumb rise and thatise needs chronicling Brown has.