07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T
Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 120
Section Information for Fall 2019
This course surveys the changing meanings of sainthood and holiness in the medieval world from the later Roman period to the high middle ages. Medieval people interacted with saints (both living and dead) in unique and sometimes bizarre ways, from early ascetic saints living in the Egyptian desert, to the rise of relic cults in Rome and elsewhere in the west, to a more activist notion of sainthood during the crusading era. We will examine the changing attitudes of medieval people toward miracles, death, holiness, and the body, and the things these attitudes tell us about political, social, intellectual, and economic conditions of the medieval world.
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