Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages #(2021)
- Title: Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages
- Author: Patrick J. Geary
- ISBN: 9780691008622
- Page: 182
- Format: Paperback
☆ Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages ↠ Patrick J. Geary - Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages, Furta Sacra Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages To obtain sacred relics medieval monks plundered tombs avaricious merchants raided churches and relic mongers scoured the Roman catacombs In a revised edition of Furta Sacra Patrick Geary consider
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Throughout the period between 800 and 1100, there developed a growing hagiographic tradition that claimed the translations of saints from one location to another by way of theft These strange accounts are the subject of Geary s project, an examination that opens the way to further understanding of the power of relics and their role in medieval society.For the most part, the book has a specific range of time and texts, with only the the introduction and chapter one describing the broad strokes of [...]
Sorprendentemente, il tema di questo saggio, Furta sacra La trafugazione delle reliquie nel Medioevo, risulta ancora attualissimo, a giudicare dalle notizie di questi giorni E va beh, ho voluto esordire con una battuta ad effetto, ma in realt i confronti fra la cronaca di oggi e i furti di reliquie nel Medioevo sono improbabili tanto per cominciare, all epoca, a scassinare tombe e reliquiari e a portarsi via ossa e corpi erano spesso uomini di Chiesa, e tali furti erano celebrati e approvati dal [...]
Geary looks at relic thefts in Western Europe between about 800 and 1100, seeking to categorise them but also to understand why they were carried out Comprehending the motives of relic thieves can be puzzling for a modern audience, particularly when it comes to understanding why their actions were not automatically condemned In this slim, clearly written book, Geary does a good job at unpicking the rationalisations which were in vogue during this period of the Middle Ages Relics, particularly th [...]
Found this while I was searching the shelves around here for something else and had to read it again The phenomenon itself is fascinating, so it s worth a read just for the narratives of what amounted to the ritual kidnapping of saints My favorite story of relic theft required decades of contrivance and biding of one particular monk s time Seriously Why The story of the theft effectively created a break with the past and with the community in which the relics had resided especially since it was [...]
An excellent examination of the history of relic veneration and theft Some sections on individual monasteries histories and arguments over document dating were predictably dry, but the theft accounts and Geary s religious, political, historical, and symbolic analyses of relics and their importance were really quite fascinating if you re a nerd about this topic, anyway, which I am Clear, brief, and insightful account.
I m not as interested in Western Europe as Furta Sacra would require and I read this in conjunction with a project on England so I feel like a good portion of this text was lost on me because I don t have the strongest grip on the geography time period but nevertheless, what a fun read I do feel like it tended a bit terse in areas which would have been interesting to explore in depth, hence the 4 5 stars.
Patrick Geary was not rewarded with praise after this book first came out However, it is a great book and fortunately has received respect since its first publication He shows how monks and the Christian Church knowingly stole relics and the reasons why they did it.
Fascinating, thoughtful, and accessible consideration of accounts of relics thefts and the interplay between society and relics Geary did a good job taking a measured look at the subject matter without giving into the anachronism and judgment.
Pure joy Catholics will both laugh and cry Protestants will say, I told you so
Excellent work by an excellent author He describes the role of the Cult of Saints in the Middle Ages and Late Antiquity while also describing nefarious dealings pertaining to this phenomenon.
Furta Sacra is a well researched, respectfully written expose of the relic trade as it was conducted during the Middle Ages.
The book that kicked my history senior thesis into motion I ve spent many hours with it.
Pretty dense, definitely a book for academics Plus the font was hard to read Some goofball situations here, but what can you expect, dealing with dried up finger bones.
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