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Saints of the Christianization Age of Central Europe

(Tenth-Eleventh Centuries)

Vitae sanctorum aetatis conversionis Europae Centralis
(Saec. X-XI)

Edited by Gábor Klaniczay, University Professor of Medieval Studies at the Central European University
Translated and annotated by Cristian Gaşpar and Marina Miladinov
With an introductory essay by Ian Wood

This volume is the first of two containing hagiographical narratives from medieval Central Europe. The lives of the saints in this volume, from the tenth to eleventh centuries, written not much later, are telling witnesses for the process of Christianization of Bohemia, Poland, Hungary and Dalmatia. Most of them became patrons of their region and highly venerated throughout the Middle Ages. The volume presents the first English translation of a legend of each of these saints with the most recent critical edition of the Latin original and prefaces discussing the textual tradition. In an appendix the extensive hagiographical literature of the saints is being critically surveyed.

Contents: General Editors’ Preface Abbreviations The hagiography of conversion - Ian Wood  Passion of Saint Wenceslas by Gumpold of Mantua (Marina Miladinov) Life of Saint Adalbert Bishop of Prague and Martyr (Cristian Gaşpar) Life of the Five Brethren by Bruno of Querfurt (Marina Miladinov) Lives of the Holy Hermits, Zoerard the Confessor and Benedict the Martyr  by Blessed Maurus, Bishop of Pécs (Marina Miladinov) Life of Blessed Gaudentius, Bishop of Osor (Marina Miladinov, with a preface by Zrinka Nikolić) Select Hagiography of the Saints of this Volume Select Bibliography Index of Names

Central European Medieval Texts series
418 pages, cloth, bilingual, 2012
ISBN 978-615-5225-20-8
$55.00 / €50.00 / £45.00

Central European Medieval Texts Series, Volume VI
Editors: János M. Bak, Urszula Borkowska, Giles Constable, Gábor Klaniczay
ISSN 1419-7782

"Cette utile anthologie bilingue latin-anglais regroupe quelques textes fondamentaux composé a l'époque de la christianisation de l'Europe centrale. Le premier est la Passion de Wenceslas, duc de Bohême, suivi par S. Adalbert de Prague, évêque et martyr, . Le troisième texte est la Vie des cinq frères, disciples de S. Romuald, Benoît, Jean et leurs compagnons, martyrisés en Pologne. À ces trois textes hagiographiques majeurs, les éditeurs ont joint deux Vies moins connues et assez brèves: la Vie des saints ermites Zoerard le confesseur et Benoît le martyr par Maur, évêque de Pécs.
L'ouvrage et complété par une bibliographie particulièrement utile, rénuissant des titres en langues occidentales et en langues slaves (ces derniers suivis de leur traduction en anglais), et par un répertoire des textes hagiographiques dédiés aux saints évoqués dans le volume - en quelque sorte une BHL des cinq dossiers - mentionnant non seulement les éditions de référence mais également les traductions en langues modernes. Cette anthologie devrait bientôt se voir complété d'un second volume intitulé The Sanctity of the Leaders." - Analecta Bollandiana

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