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Making and remaking saints in nineteenth-century Britain

Edited by Gareth Atkins

Making and remaking saints in nineteenth-century Britain

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9686-0
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: July 2016
  • BIC Category: History, Christianity, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, RELIGION / Christianity / History, Humanities / History of religion, History of religion, European history, United Kingdom, Great Britain

Description

This book examines the place of 'saints' and sanctity in a self-consciously modern age, and argues that Protestants were as fascinated by such figures as Catholics were. Long after the mechanisms of canonisation had disappeared, people continued not only to engage with the saints of the past but continued to make their own saints in all but name. Just as strikingly, it claims that devotional practices and language were not the property of orthodox Christians alone. Making and remaking saints in the nineteenth-century Britain explores for the first time how sainthood remained significant in this period both as an enduring institution and as a metaphor that could be transposed into unexpected contexts. Each of the chapters in this volume focuses on the reception of a particular individual or group, and together they will appeal to not only historians of religion, but those concerned with material culture, the cult of history, and with the reshaping of British identities in an age of faith and doubt.

Reviews

The editor of this book, a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, has brought together a strong team of scholars who address a fascinating subject.
Church Times, November 2016

'This splendid collection provides abundant evidence to support Clyde Binfield's
dictum that the nineteenth century was 'hagiology's high noon'.'
Robin Gill, Theology February 2017

'Making and Remaking Saints in Nineteenth-Century Britain will most certainly be a success for readers interested in the ways in which religious thought shaped and was shaped by the intellectual currents of the period.'
Devon Fisher, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Journal of British Studies

'The editor is to be congratulated for having brought together such a selection of scholars, and for having presented a major contribution to the understanding of the religious and historical tensions of the period.'
Serenhedd James, St Stephen's House, Oxford, British Catholic History

Editor

Gareth Atkins is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is also a member of the Bible and Antiquity Project at CRASSH, Cambridge

Contents

Introduction: Thinking with saints - Gareth Atkins
1. Paul - Michael Ledger-Lomas
2. The Virgin Mary - Carol Engelhardt Herringer
3. Claudia Rufina - Martha Vandrei
4. Patrick - Andrew R. Holmes
5. Thomas Becket - Nicholas Vincent
6. Thomas More - W. J. Sheils
7. Ignatius Loyola - Gareth Atkins
8. English Catholic martyrs - Lucy Underwood
9. Richard Baxter - Simon Burton
10. The Scottish Covenanters - James Coleman
11. John and Mary Fletcher - David R. Wilson
12. William Wilberforce and 'the Saints' - Roshan Allpress
13. Elizabeth Fry and Sarah Martin - Helen Rogers
14. John Henry Newman's Lives of the English Saints - Elizabeth Macfarlane
15. Thérèse of Lisieux - Alana Harris
Index

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