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Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages - Revised Edition / Edition 1

Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages - Revised Edition / Edition 1

by Patrick J. GearyPatrick J. Geary
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To obtain sacred relics, medieval monks plundered tombs, avaricious merchants raided churches, and relic-mongers scoured the Roman catacombs. In a revised edition of Furta Sacra, Patrick Geary considers the social and cultural context for these acts, asking how the relics were perceived and why the thefts met with the approval of medieval Christians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691008622
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/21/1991
Series: Princeton Paperbacks Series
Edition description: Revised edition with a New preface by the author
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 939,992
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Patrick J. Geary is Professor of History at the University of Florida.

Table of Contents

  • Frontmatter, pg. i
  • Contents, pg. vii
  • Preface to the 1990 Edition, pg. ix
  • Preface, pg. xi
  • Abbreviations, pg. xv
  • CHAPTER ONE. Relics and Saints in the Central Middle Ages, pg. 1
  • CHAPTER TWO. The Cult of Relics in Carolingian Europe, pg. 28
  • CHAPTER THREE. The Professionals, pg. 44
  • CHAPTER FOUR. Monastic Thefts, pg. 56
  • CHAPTER FIVE. Urban Thefts, pg. 87
  • CHAPTER SIX. Justifications, pg. 108
  • CHAPTER SEVEN. Conclusions, pg. 129
  • APPENDIX A: Critique of Texts, pg. 135
  • APPENDIX B: Handlist of Relic Thefts, pg. 149
  • Notes, pg. 157
  • Bibliography, pg. 185
  • Index, pg. 211

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