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Martyrdom, Murder, and Magic: Child Saints and Their Cults in Medieval Europe (Studies in Church History)

Patricia Healy Wasyliw

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ISBN 10: 0820427640 / ISBN 13: 9780820427645
Published by Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, 2005
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Martyrdom, Murder, and Magic: Child Saints ...

Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 2nd ed.

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Martyrdom, Murder, and Magic: Child Saints and Their Cults in Medieval Europe is a comprehensive history of child saints and their cults from late Antiquity to the end of the fifteenth century. The child martyrs of the persecutions, including the Holy Innocents, were the first child saints recognized by the Church and their cults spread throughout Europe in the early Middle Ages. Alongside these cults, medieval society also venerated child «martyrs», victims of political or domestic violence. The increasing role of the papacy in the canonization process after the tenth century resulted in the veneration of saintly child confessors in the high Middle Ages, but from the end of the twelfth century, most children worshipped as saints were the alleged victims of ritual murder by Jews. This book considers the formation and transformation of child saints and their cults in the context of popular belief and the history of childhood.

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The Author: Patricia Healy Wasyliw received her B.A. in Medieval studies and her Ph.D. in Medieval history from Binghamton University. She is currently Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University.

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