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This volume addresses the history of saints and sainthood in the Middle Ages in the Baltic Region with a special focus on the cult of saints in Russia, Prussia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, and Latvia (more commonly referred to in the Middle Ages as Livonia). The articles cover a wide range of topics, for example the introduction of foreign (and "old") saints into new regions, the creation of new local cults of saints in newly Christianized regions, the role of the cult of saints in the creation of political and lay identities, the adaption of the cult of saints in folk poetry, and the potential role of saints in times of war. The articles also address questions of methodology in research on the medieval cult of saints. Chronologically, the articles cover most of the Middle Ages from the Scandinavian Varangians in Rus in the tenth century to the late medieval Northern societies of the late fifteenth century.
Medieval Institute Publications
medieval history, Church history, Crusades, Baltic Sea, saints and sainthood, medieval religiosity
European History | European Languages and Societies | History of Religion | Medieval History | Medieval Studies
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Jensen, Carsten Selch, Kurt Villads Jensen, Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen, Nils Holger Petersen, and Tracey Sands, eds. Saints and Sainthood around the Baltic Sea: Identity, Literacy, and Communication in the Middle Ages. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2018.