The Name of the Saint: The Martyrology of Jerome And Access to the Sacred in Francia, 627 - 827

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  • Copyright: 2005-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr
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""There is perhaps no more horrible book in all of antiquity." So wrote the Bollandist, Victor de Buck, in 1875, concerning the Martyrology of Jerome. Attributed by its pseudonymous author to the eminent Christian scholar, St. Jerome (d. 430), it is universally recognized as apocryphal, yet frequently treated as a serious artifact of late ancient Christianity. The mystique of the text - the oldest extant martyrology, from which all others descend - has benefited from the highly technical stylistic conventions of liturgical scholarship, which can render liturgical studies all but impenetrable to outsiders. Both martyrologies and calendars have been virtually ignored by non-liturgists despite the importance of such documents to medieval life and the insights which their exploration can yield." "The Name of the Saint addresses these martyrological and calendrical materials in a manner accessible to non-liturgists. It is a study of the spiritual, social, and liturgical practices of reciting, inscribing, collecting, and bearing saints' names from the seventh through the ninth centuries."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Felice Lifshitz is professor of history and Fellow of the Honors College at Florida International University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
A Note on Translations and Latin Texts xiii
Introduction: The Name of the Saint, the Place of the Relic 1(12)
CHAPTER ONE Compilation: The Burgundian Recensio Gallica 13(17)
CHAPTER TWO Inscription: Sacred Names at Echternach 30(14)
CHAPTER THREE Transmission: In the Footsteps of the Apostles 44(13)
CHAPTER FOUR Abbreviation: The Sacramentaries of Burgundy 57(16)
CHAPTER FIVE Intensification: The Sanctorum Nominum Festivitas in the Late Eighth Century 73(28)
CHAPTER SIX Legislation: From Suspicion to Triumph 101(22)
EPILOGUE Adaptation: The Name of the Saint, the Moral of the Story 123(10)
APPENDIX 1 The Phantom Recensio Italica 133(6)
APPENDIX 2 English Translation of the Prefatory Letters 139(2)
APPENDIX 3 Beyond the Recensio Gallica: The Transmission and Development of the Martyrology after Luxeuil 141(10)
APPENDIX 4 False Manuscripts of the Martyrology 151(3)
Abbreviations 154(1)
Notes 155(39)
Bibliography 194(24)
Index 218

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