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  • Record Number: 6727
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Clayton , Mary.
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  • Title: Centralism and Uniformity Versus Localism and Diversity: The Virgin and Native Saints in the Monastic Reform
  • Source: Peritia: Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland 8, ( 1994): Pages 95 - 106.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Benedictine Order Ecclesiastical Reform Hagiography Mary, Virgin, Saint- Cult Monasticism Politics
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 10-11
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  • Abstract: Recent work on the cult of the saints in the late Anglo-Saxon church (Ridyard, Rollason, Clayton) seem to be at variance on the issue of the importance of the cults of the Virgin and those of the native saints. This is an attempt to read the cult of the Virgin against those of other saints, exploring similarities and differences in the ways in which the cults developed and by whom, and to demonstrate that the cult of Mary functioned as a symbol of solidarity and corporate unity in the Benedictine reform period. This ideal did not last long, however, and its breakdown is mirrored in a movement towards local cults. [Reproduced by permission of Brepols Publishers.]
  • Author's Affiliation: University College, Dublin
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  • Year of Publication: 1994.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03321592
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