A Brief History of Saints
Copyright © 2005 Lawrence S. Cunningham
Author(s): Lawrence S. Cunningham
Published Online: 25 FEB 2008
Print ISBN: 9781405114011
Online ISBN: 9780470776353
About this Book
A Brief History of Saints follows the rise of the cult of saints in Christianity from its origin in the age of the martyrs down to the present day.
- Refers to both well-known saints, such as Joan of Arc, and lesser-known figures like the 'holy fools' in the Orthodox tradition
- Ranges over subjects as diverse as the history of canonization processes, the Reformation critique of the cult of saints, and the role of saints in other religious traditions
- Discusses the relevance of sainthood in the postmodern era
- Two appendices describe patron saints and the iconography of saints in art.