Prophets in Their Own Country: Living Saints and the Making of Sainthood in the Later Middle Ages
In this original study of the making of saintly reputations, Aviad M. Kleinberg shows how sainthood, though frequently seen as a personal trait, is actually the product of negotiations between particular individuals and their communities. Employing the methods of history, anthropology, and textual criticism, Kleinberg examines the mechanics of sainthood in daily interactio...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published October 1st 1992)
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This is a great book taking a look at Saints from a social point of view and how they interact with their surroundings and the people who support them or renounce them. Many people probably won't like it because it doesn't look at things with a theological bias, but that is exactly what makes it so good because it doesn't try to make excuses for stories that really make no sense.