Recension av 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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  • Religionshistoria


Sidor (från-till)523-529
TidskriftHistorisk Tidskrift
Utgåva nummer3
StatusPublished - 2015
Peer review utfördNej