Making and Remaking Saints in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Paperback)

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By Gareth Atkins (Editor)
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This book examines the place of 'saints' and sanctity in a self-consciously modern age, and argues that Protestants were as fascinated by such figures as Catholics were. Long after the mechanisms of canonisation had disappeared, people continued not only to engage with the saints of the past but continued to make their own saints in all but name. Just as strikingly, it claims that devotional practices and language were not the property of orthodox Christians alone. Making and remaking saints explores for the first time how sainthood remained significant in this period both as an enduring institution and as a metaphor that could be transposed into unexpected contexts. Each of the chapters in this volume focuses on the reception of a particular individual or group, and together they will appeal to not only historians of religion, but those concerned with material culture, culture of history, and the reshaping of British identities in an age of faith and doubt.

About the Author

Gareth Atkins is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is also a member of the Bible and Antiquity Project at CRASSH, Cambridge
Product Details
ISBN: 9781526156334
ISBN-10: 1526156334
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Pages: 296
Language: English