How the Holy Cross was Found: From Event to Medieval Legend

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


Studies the origin of the Inventio Crucis legend: the historical events behind it as well as its textual sources and antecedents. A literary interpretation of the text is then attempted, showing that the legend is influenced by Jewish traditions and adversus Iudaeos treatises. Finally, the liturgical texts used to celebrate Inventio Crucis in the Middle Ages are surveyed. Three versions of the Latin Inventio Crucis legend are edited in an appendix, two of them for the first time.


External organisations
  • Uppsala University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


  • hagiography, Constantine, Helena Augusta, liturgy, adversus Iudaeos, Eusebius of Caesarea, Gelasius of Caesarea, Inventio Crucis, Cross of Christ
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • Härdelin, Alf, Supervisor, External person
Award date1991 May 21
  • Almqvist & Wiksell International
Print ISBNs91-22-01432-2
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 1991-05-21 Time: 10:15 Place: Dekansalen, Nathan Söderbloms plan 2, Uppsala External reviewer(s) Name: Montgomery, Hugo Title: [unknown] Affiliation: Oslo University --- The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)