Readership: Scholars, graduates engaged in advanced research, undergraduates and general readers interested in the Roman empire in late antiquity, early medieval Byzantium, medieval Russia, and early Islam.
Edited by James Howard-Johnston, University Lecturer in Byzantine Studies, Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford, and Paul Antony Hayward, Junior Research Fellow in Modern History, Jesus College, Oxford
"Paul Fouracre's paper on the cults of saints in late Merovingian and early Carolingian Francia and Ian Wood's paper on the Vitae of missionaries in the early Middle Ages offer illuminating discussions on the development of cults of saints and the writing of hagiography in the early medieval West." - Scripta Classica Israelica (Yearbook of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies)
"Despite their disagreements, these authors pay unanimous tribute to the stimulating and provocative quality of Peter Brown's scholarship. Both their criticism and their praise merit a broad audience." - The Journal of Religion
"The essays in this impressive collection revisit, or rediscover, the holy man,
over a very wide geographical and chronological range ... who wants such stories told, and what are saints' lives for? This volume has greatly extended the range of answers." - Gillian Clark, Times Literary Supplement
James Howard-Johnston: Introduction
Averil Cameron: On Defining the Holy Man
Philip Rousseau: Asceticism and Paideia: Time for Another Function?
Claudia Rapp: 'For Next to God, You are My Salvation': Reflections on the Rise of the Holy Man in Late Antiquity
Paul Magdalino: 'What we heard in the Lives of the Saints we have Seen with Our Own Eyes': The Holy Man as Literary Text in Tenth-Century Constantinople
Paul Hayward: De-mystifying the Role of Sanctity in Western Christendom
Paul Fouracre: The Origins of the Carolingian Attempt to Regulate the Cult of Saints
Ian N. Wood: The Missionary Life
Paul Hollingsworth: The Cult of Saints in Medieval Rus'
Richard M. Price: The Holy Man and Christianization from the Apocryphal Apostles to St Stephen of Perm
Chase Robinson: Prophecy and Holy Men in Early Islam
Josef Meri: The Etiquette of Devotion in the Islamic Cult of Saints