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Saints and Society: The Two Worlds of Western Christendom, 1000-1700
by Donald Weinstein and Rudolph M. Bell
University of Chicago Press, 1986
Cloth: 978-0-226-89055-5 | Paper: 978-0-226-89056-2 | eISBN: 978-0-226-89057-9
Library of Congress Classification BX4659.E85W44 1982
Dewey Decimal Classification 235.2

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In Saints and Society, Donald Weinstein and Rudolph M. Bell examine the lives of 864 saints who lived between 1000 and 1700 and the perceptions of sanctity prevalent in late medieval and early modern Europe. They also provide a substantial body of information on the people among whom the saints lived and by whom they came to be venerated. In the first part, the authors give close consideration to what the saints' lives reveal about childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; the impact of religious inspiration upon family bonds; and family influences upon religious behavior. The second part provides a composite picture of piety and its changing configuration in Latin Christendom. With the assistance of statistical analysis, the authors answer questions involving the popular perception of holiness, social class, and gender.

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