1st Edition

The Late Medieval Cult of the Saints
Universal Developments within Local Contexts

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ISBN 9780367672843
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Cult of the Saints in Late Medieval Transylvania explores the nature of sainthood in a region at the margins of medieval Latin Christendom. Defining the model of sanctity that characterized Transylvania between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, this book considers how the cults of saints functioned within specific local social and cultural contexts. Analysing case studies from a multi-ethnic region influenced by both the Latin and Eastern Christian traditions, this book provides a close reading of little-surveyed primary sources and offers a comprehensive understanding of sainthood in Transylvania, enhancing the broader study of medieval saints’ cults and their relationship to social power structures.

It will be of great interest to scholars of medieval religion, researchers in medieval studies and religious studies scholars engaged in comparative research.

Table of Contents


1…For Those Diligent Servants of God and His Saints…The Transylvanian Episcopate and the Cult of the Saints

The Apparition of St. Michael

Universal Growth

Local Developments

Artisans of Dynastic Cults

Sainted Women and Their Devotees

The Golden Age of Late Medieval Sainthood

2 Competing Cults in Late Medieval Transylvania: The Mendicant Case



… and the Challenges of Innovation

3 The Dynamic of Saintly Patronage

Die Kwnígen Maria

Civic Promotion of Sainthood in Corona

A Distant Patron Saint

Urban Identity and Parish Patronage: the Criss-Crossing


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Carmen Florea is a lecturer in the faculty of Medieval and Early Modern History, and Art History at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.