He readily admits the limitations associated with the sources he drew upon in his analysis 3/4 oral history, oral tradition, Arabic hagiographies
, published works and archival documents.
This particular subject of animals serving as agents of God by bringing food to the saint in the wilderness appears in hagiographies
from the fourth century throughout the period covered by the author.
In the hagiographies
, female saints who resisted the patronal systems of Mediterranean household law by clinging to celibacy and dying as martyrs are generally depicted in the most passive, meek, and mild terms-like sacrificial lambs.
Narrators and singer performed the hagiographies
for at least two centuries.
Chapters three and four make a strong case for the use of biographies and hagiographies
to help reconstruct the "making" of a saint.
The editors point out that these hagiographies
have their own particular slant.
Chapter 4 treats the hagiographies
of Giovanni Garzoni of Bologna, a rather unexpected figure to write saints' lives since he was a "married layman, physician, professor of medicine, and teacher of rhetoric" (170).
The study covers hagiographies
and history, the appearance of the cult, contending classical narratives, the vernacularization of the sublime, and from superstition to cultural tradition.
My only reservation is that I believe it is too simple to read hagiographies
as always portraying the ideals of their traditions; while they often do that, they may also at times assume certain ideals (that is, assume readers' familiarity with and acceptance of ideals) in order to play off of them.
The Old English poetic hagiographies
, then, lift the devil and his dealings with the saint out of human history and into the spiritual cosmos; the devil "inhabits the timeless, boundless space of mythological symbols" to participate in "the ontological battle between heaven and hell that is simultaneously fought in all places and in all times, through the pawns of demons and saints" (81).
In Worldly Saints, Maiju Lemijoki-Gardner, a Finnish historian, draws largely on the evidence of their hagiographies
in a study of Dominican penitent women in Italy between the thirteenth and the early sixteenth century.
A recovered academic of religion, Canadian Harding assembles curiosities of Christian lore and legend primarily from scholarly references, including concordances, histories, hagiographies
, and biographical and historical dictionaries.
Burrus brings together history, theology, critical theory, philosophy, and autobiography in a dazzling series of readings of early Christian hagiographies
that will, by turns, delight, confound, illuminate, and challenge diverse historians, theologians, and theorists.