, however, found a way to resolve the contradictions between the two careers, a synthesis epitomized by the warrior orders of the Crusades period.
Also, most church historians would prefer at least some treatment of the historical Genovefa and Brigit, if for no other reason than to understand upon what if any base the hagiographers
and architects built.
He has attracted his share of hagiographers
and it is unfortunate that books previously available in English fall into this category such as Mary Wilhelmine Williams, Dom Pedro the Magnanimous (1937).
The "Introduction" states the bare facts concerning the dates of compilation of the three works, the number of figures eulogized in each, the structure of each work, the possible motivations of the hagiographers
, the reception of these texts, and the sources from which they were compiled.
Amid the inquisitional voice of the state officials and the reformist discourse of the Protestant hagiographers
, Askew's own text provides yet a third version.
The women themselves were no doubt influenced by this stereotype; but rather more important was its influence on their medieval hagiographers
, which inevitably creates problems of interpretation for modern historians.
Under the influence of suspicious church reformers, hagiographers
had some difficulty explaining the close emotional relationships of brother and sister saints from an earlier, more naive era.
Following the methodology of the sociologist Pierre Delooz, she recognizes that the sanctity of these women is "constructed," that is, the records of their lives reflect the values their hagiographers
deemed worthy examples for imitation or remembrance.
Many of his hagiographers
have followed his wishes.
Medard had a colorful history of relic veneration, enabled by its inventive hagiographers
who are now sometimes referred to as forgers or, more sympathetically, as engaged in "pious fraud.
As interesting as these insights are, it is hardly a revelation that court women, even those described by their hagiographers
as pious and other-worldly, had political interests and concerns, especially during an age when monarchies were dynastic and politics were familial.
On many occasions, ancient and medieval hagiographers
from the Caucasus have chosen to convey their message of the need for religious change and conversion from indigenous religions or later on from Islam to Christianity by employing examples that involve children.
Yet when taken together, they open up a number of questions that center on gender and its intersections with sanctity and hagiography: Do these female hagiographers
share common concerns?
Thomas Luongo examines the career of Catherine of Siena, hardly an unknown figure, in a new light and offers a picture of Catherine that diverges from those presented by her hagiographers
, hagiographically influenced biographers, and more recently, scholars of medieval women's religiousness.
1061-65), and various lesser-known and unknown hagiographers