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- (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:
- 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:
- 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, 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.
- (derogatory) 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