The saints a short history explores the treatment of saints in literature and art and the way they have been used in politics analyzing them as examples of idealized male and female heroism simon yarrow considers the similarities between christian saints and holy figures in other religious cultures including islam buddhism and hinduism . With a goal of how sainthood was historically constructed contested and embodied out of the divine calls to holiness visited upon individuals simon yarrow presents a pithy introduction to the history of sainthood up to the present era with his new book the saints a short history oxford university press usa. The saints a short history simon yarrow offers a historical interpretation of the saints looking at key traditions and stories and the role saints have played in ancient medieval and modern society studies the presence of saints in material culture art and literature considers the saints in a global context. Simon yarrow is a historian of medieval religion at the university of birmingham his first book saints and their communities miracle stories in twelfth century england was a reworking of his oxford dissertation and he continues to focus on related research areas the saints a short history is . The idea of saints and sainthood are familiar to all irrelevant of religious faith in this very short introduction simon yarrow looks at the origins ideas and definitions of sainthood sanctity and saints in the early church tracing their development in history and explaining the social roles saints played in the ancient medieval and modern worlds
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