Tidig helgonkult i Danmark och Sverige
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The purpose of this doctoral dissertation is to illustrate and explain the connections between the establishment of new cults of Saints and the formation of an ecclesiastical organization in Scandinavia. Its main conclusion is that "the creation of new cults of native saints was not necessary for the establishment of ecclesiastical institutions" (p. 255), but that such cults in many cases helped give prestige to and even legitimize newly established dioceses. The reviewer agrees with this conclusion while suggesting that the significance of specifically native cults is overemphasized. He also finds the idea that Church leaders used such cults as instruments to enhance their own and their institutions' prestige too one-sided. The dissertation makes use of three hypotheses taken from current hagiographical research: Peter Brown's concept of "Micro-Christendoms", Alan Thacker's concept of "loca sanctorum" and Lars Boje Mortensens idea of the mythopoietic function of saints' legends. These are pertinent but their relevance could have been discussed in greater depth. The most laudable aspect of the dissertation is its careful and competent use of liturgical fragments, which leads to detailed new insights into how the cults of local saints developed in individual dioceses.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
Reviewed Work(s): Creating Holy People and Places on the Periphery: A Study of the Emergence of Cults of Native Saints in the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Lund and Uppsala from the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries (by Sara E. Ellis Nilsson) 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)