Furta Sacra Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages (KINDLE)
PROFESSIONAL DCOM APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT kRationalisations which were in vogue during this period of the Middle Ages Relics particularly those which were the bodies of saints were alive in some way subjects and not objects therefore if they were stolen it could only be because the saint had personally sanctioned it To say otherwise was to deny the relic s mighty power The stolen relics were used to provide a firm financial foundation for new monasteries to create communal prestige or to calm religious turmoil amongst other reasons There are perhaps places where Geary could have expanded his analysis further or read his sources in depth but this is a useful starting point Found this while I was searching the shelves around here for something else and had to read it again The phenomenon itself is fascinating so it s worth a read just for the narratives of what amounted to the ritualidnapping of saints My favorite story of relic theft reuired decades of contrivance and biding of one particular monk s time Seriously Why The story of the theft effectively created a break with the past and with the community in which the relics had resided especially since it was believed that saints could not be carried off against own wills Through a theft community could
forge to a particular saint This was such creative memory not to mention ties to a particular saint This was such effective creative memory not to mention power of such stories for capturing the imagination of potential pilgrims that theft stories were often invented even when relics had been acuired by licit means The book that icked my history senior thesis into motion I ve spent many hours with it Pure joy Catholics will both laugh and cry Protestants will say I told you so. For these acts asking how the relics were perceived and why the thefts met with the approval of medieval Christians. .
Fascinating thoughtful and accessible consideration of accounts of relics thefts and the
Interplay Between Society Andbetween society and Geary did a good job taking a measured look at the subject matter without giving into the anachronism and judgment This work is about a narrow subject though the analysis is uite illuminating for Western European medieval culture as a whole Geary attempts to understand the background motives and patterns around the translationtheft of saints relics Even better the "book provides something of a prologue about relics themselves The study covers a hagiographic genre which could serve as a lesson "provides something of a prologue about relics themselves The study covers a hagiographic genre which could serve as a lesson today s historiography andor journalism If you want to learn how and why Santa Claus St Nicholas of Myra was stolen from his tomb in Anatolia and transported to a fledgling merchant town in Italy then read on Patrick Geary was not rewarded with praise after this book first came out However it is a great book and fortunately has received respect since its first publication He shows how monks and the Christian Church nowingly stole relics and the reasons why they did it Throughout the period between 800 and 1100 there developed a growing hagiographic tradition that claimed the translations of saints from one location
To Another By Way Ofanother by way of These strange accounts are the subje An excellent examination of the history of relic veneration and theft Some sections on individual monasteries histories and arguments over document dating were predictably dry but the theft accounts and Geary s religious political historical and symbolic analyses of relics and their importance were really uite fascinating if you re a nerd about th. To obtain sacred relics medieval monks plundered tombs avaricious merchants raided churches and relic mongers scour.
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CLEAR BRIEF AND INSIGHTFUL ACCOUNT ANbrief and insightful account An book on an eccentric topic the theft of relics during the Central Middle Ages in Europe and how these thefts were tolerated by the Church After the Carolingian period the Church expanded to rural areas of Europe where Relics provided important spiritual protections from invasion that sparsely populated areas could not otherwise afford or count on Relics were also important sources of revenue for otherwise impoverished and could provide a draw for pilgrimageThe most interesting part the book for me was Geary s distinction between the Byzantine Image and the Catholic Relic the former being a symbol for spiritual presence the latter being actual spiritual presence which was capable of miracles Thus the story of the translationes were incredibly important for establishing the legitimacy of an object s spiritual endowment something which would otherwise be incredibly difficult to prove How is the dust in the bag definitively that of this particular said Well let me tell you a storyWhile some of the details of various translationes were a bit tedious for an amateur like me this was nevertheless a very interesting and accessible introduction to an otherwise obscure topic Geary looks at relic thefts in Western Europe between about 800 and 1100 seeking to categorise them but also to understand why they were carried out Comprehending the motives of relic thieves can be puzzling for a modern audience particularly when it comes to understanding why their actions were not automatically condemned In this slim
Clearly Written Book Gearywritten book Geary a good job at unpicking the. Ed the Roman catacombs In a revised edition of Furta Sacra Patrick Geary considers the social and cultural context.