- Cultural Reformations
- List of Illustrations
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- National Histories
- Literary Histories
- Enclosed Spaces
- The Eucharist
- The Saints
- Vernacular Theology
- When English Became Latin
- Heresy and Treason
- Naughty Printed Books
- Utopian Pleasure
- Poetic Fame
- London Books and London Readers
- The Reformation of the Household
- Active and Contemplative Lives
- Autobiography and the History of Reading
Abstract and Keywords
In his authoritative New Testament formulations, St. Paul describes the saints of Christianity as the “beloved of God and the called of Jesus Christ” for their obedience to the faith in him...” Peter Brown, in his account of the Christian communities of the post-apostolic church and later antiquity, states that “the cult of the saints” emerges from beliefs and practices that differ from Paul’s normative definitions. St. Augustine’s transhistorical composition of his two cities in City of God retraces Paul’s serial tracking of the saints who are the true members of Christ’s Church. This article examines the depiction of Christian saints in medieval literature in Western Europe, particularly early Christian virgins martyred by pagan oppressors. It looks at the life of John Wyclif, an Oxford scholar and cleric, and his views about the character and validity of the Church and its saints. It also analyzes Michael Walzer’s The Revolution of the Saints and his arguments regarding the value of the model of Puritan sainthood in present-day circumstances.
Janel Mueller is William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor Emerita in the Department of English, University of Chicago. She has co-edited for University of Chicago Press Elizabeth I: Collected Works (2000), Elizabeth I: Autograph Compositions and Foreign Language Originals (2003), and Elizabeth I: Translations (2008). She is presently completing her edition of Queen Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence under the auspices of an Andrew Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship.
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