Tidig helgonkult i Danmark och Sverige

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Tidig helgonkult i Danmark och Sverige. / Borgehammar, Stephan.

I: Historisk Tidskrift, Vol. 135, Nr. 3, 2015, s. 523-529.

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T1 - Tidig helgonkult i Danmark och Sverige

AU - Borgehammar, Stephan

N1 - 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)

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Hagiography

KW - cult of saints

KW - archdiocese of Lund

KW - archdiocese of Uppsala

KW - A.D. 1000-1300

KW - loca sanctorum

KW - Micro-Christendoms

KW - St. Canute IV

KW - St. Canute Lavard

KW - St. Eric IX

KW - St. Margaret of Roskilde

KW - St. Eskil

KW - St. Botvid

KW - St. David

KW - St. Kjeld

KW - St. Sigfrid

KW - St. Elin

KW - St. Thøger

KW - St. Liufdag

KW - St. Leofdan

KW - St. Henry of Finland

KW - Erik Plovpenning

KW - Niels of Århus

KW - St. Magnhild

M3 - Recension av bok/film/utställning etc.

VL - 135

SP - 523

EP - 529

JO - Historisk Tidskrift

T2 - Historisk Tidskrift

JF - Historisk Tidskrift

SN - 0345-469X

IS - 3

ER -