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Miracles and the Mediaeval Mind: Theory, Record and Event, 1000-1215 Paperback – 10 Sep 1987


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scolar Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704505673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704505674
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,493,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This should be an integral part of any study of the church in the Middle Ages! 20 July 2014
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Since there isn't any detailed information in the listing, I will provide some.

Chapters:
1 - The theory of miracles.
2 - The discussion of miracles in practical contexts
3 - Miracles at traditional shrines - Sts Faith, Benedict, Curthbert
4 - Miracles at 3 12th century shrines - Sts William, Godric, Frideswide
5 - The miracles of St Thomas of Canterbury
6 - Miracles & pilgrimage
7 - The shrines that failed
8 - The miracles of the Virgin
9 - Miracles & sanctity
10 - Monastic miracles
11 - Miracles & events

Sister Benedicta has summarized many miracle stories from "Lives" of the saints, "Miracles" of the saints & Ecclesiastical histories in order to present many aspects of how miracles were perceived & recorded during this period. There is a wealth of information on ME shrines & how they functioned in addition to the place of relics in ME faith. She details the possible uses of miracles by different types of authors & how the roles changed over the centuries. All this is placed within the cultural context.

It would be helpful prior to reading this to have read some of the more basic miracle sources she cites, such as Gregory's Dialogues, the Life of Anthony by Athanasius, at least one of the Ecclesiastical History books (Eusebius, Bede) or some of her books on the desert Fathers. Don't feel that you need to have read them all, because Sr. Benedicta certainly has, and in many different languages.

This book is very readable & enjoyable in addition to edifying. I can't recommend it highly enough for anyone interested in this period.
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