- (uncountable) The study of saints and the documentation of their lives.
2004, Rosalind C. Love, Goscelin of Saint-Bertin: The Hagiography of the Female Saints of Ely, ISBN 0191513407:
- The second half of the eleventh century saw a notable surge of interest in hagiography throughout England, which meant that many of the Anglo-Saxon saints of earlier eras were furnished, often for the first time, with a Latin Vita.
2005, Thomas Head, Hagiography and the Cult of Saints: The Diocese of Orléans, 800-1200, ISBN 0521023424:
- Jacques LeGoff remarks, 'Hagiography tells us much about the mental infrastructure [of the middle ages]: the interpenetration between the tangible world and the supernatural world, the common nature of the corporeal and psychic, are the conditions which make miracles and related phenomena possible.
2014, Jamie Kreiner, The Social Life of Hagiography in the Merovingian Kingdom, ISBN 1107050650, page 189:
- Charters, wills, and monastic rules offer evidence for this transformation, but it is hagiography and its double-scoped discourse that illuminates it best, and we will start with a vita that pursued the question of peroperty and prestige more comprehensively than the rest, the Vita Sadalbergae.
- (countable) A biography of a saint.
- (countable) A biography which expresses reverence and respect for its subject.
- (pejorative) A biography which is uncritically supportive of its subject, often including embellishments or propaganda.
study of saints
biography of a saint
biography which expresses reverence
biography which is uncritically supportive