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Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain
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Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain

Eva von Contzen and Anke Bernau

Abstract

Sanctity as literature in late medieval Britain explores how sanctity and questions of literariness are intertwined across a range of medieval genres. “Sanctity” as a theme and concept figures as a prominent indicator of the developments in the period, in which authors began to challenge the predominant medieval dichotomy of either relying on the authority of previous authors when writing, or on experience. These developments are marked also by a rethinking of the intended and perceived effects of writings. Instead of looking for clues in religious practices in order to explain these changes, ... More

Keywords: sanctity, medieval literature, literariness, poetics, British Isles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089701
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089701.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eva von Contzen, editor
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Anke Bernau, editor

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