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The New Middle Ages

Rediscovering Sainthood in Italy

Hagiography and the Late Antique Past in Medieval Ravenna

Authors: Schoolman, Edward

  • Casts new light on the topic of medieval hagiography through its specific examination of RavennaFills a much needed gap in the scholarship of Italian history and its rich connection to religion and sainthoodExplores a wide swath of history, from the Late Roman Empire to the High Middle Ages.

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About this book

Beginning with Saint Barbatianus, a fifth-century wonderworking monk and confessor to the Empress Galla Placidia, this book focuses on the changes in the religious landscape of Ravenna, a former capital of the Late Roman Empire, through the Middle Ages. During this period, written stories about saints and their relics not only offered guidance and solace but were also used by those living among the ruins of a once great city—particularly its archbishops, monks, and the urban aristocracy—to reflect on its past glory. This practice remained important to the citizens of Ravenna as they came to terms with the city’s revival and renewed relevance in the tenth century under Ottonian rule. In using the vita of Barbatianus as a central text, Edward M. Schoolman explores how saints and sanctity were created and ultimately came to influence complex political and social networks, from the Late Roman Empire to the High Middle Ages.

About the authors

Edward M. Schoolman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.

Reviews

“Ravenna's glistening Late Antique mosaics continued to impress its medieval citizens as they strove to create their own usable history. Edward M. Schoolman's book uses the enigmatic hagiographical dossier of St. Barbatianus to describe how monks and bishops, nobles and emperors, were attempting to understand and negotiate the past and future of a Late Antique city in a changing medieval world. One of the best attempts to date at linking saints' lives to social history.” (John Howe, Professor of Medieval History, Texas Tech University, USA, and author of “Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium”)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Barbatianus in Late Antiquity

    Schoolman, Edward M.

    Pages 1-19

  • The Contexts of Medieval Ravenna

    Schoolman, Edward M.

    Pages 21-48

  • The Hagiographic Landscape of Medieval Ravenna

    Schoolman, Edward M.

    Pages 49-76

  • The History of the Vita Barbatiani

    Schoolman, Edward M.

    Pages 77-90

  • Content and Composition of the Vita Barbatiani

    Schoolman, Edward M.

    Pages 91-124

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-93225-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60271-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rediscovering Sainthood in Italy
Book Subtitle
Hagiography and the Late Antique Past in Medieval Ravenna
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-93225-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-93225-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60271-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 202
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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