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Saints and Sainthood around the Baltic Sea
Identity, Literacy, and Communication in the Middle Ages
Ed. by Jensen, Carsten Selch / Sands, Tracey / Petersen, Nils Holger / Jensen, Kurt Villads / Lehtonen, Tuomas M. S.
MEDIEVAL INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS (MIP)
Aims and Scope
This volume addresses the history of saints and sainthood in the Middle Ages in the Baltic Region with a special focus on the cult of saints in Russia, Prussia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, and Latvia (more commonly referred to in the Middle Ages as Livonia). The articles cover a wide range of topics, for example the introduction of foreign (and old) saints into new regions, the creation of new local cults of saints in newly Christianized regions, the role of the cult of saints in the creation of political and lay identities, the adaption of the cult of saints in folk poetry, and the potential role of saints in times of war. The articles also address questions of methodology in research on the medieval cult of saints. Chronologically, the articles cover most of the Middle Ages from the Scandinavian Varangians in Rus in the tenth century to the late medieval Northern societies of the late fifteenth century.