Imagining the Sacred Past: Hagiography and Power in Early Normandy by Samantha Kahn Herrick - PDF and EPUB eBook

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In 911, the French king ceded land along the river Seine to Rollo the Viking, on condition that he convert to Christianity....

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Imagining the Sacred Past: Hagiography and Power in Early Normandy
Book author
Samantha Kahn Herrick
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
256 pages
Language
English
Published
March 1st 2007 by Harvard University Press
File size (in PDF)
1024 kB
Imagining the Sacred Past: Hagiography and Power in Early Normandy

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In 911, the French king ceded land along the river Seine to Rollo the Viking, on condition that he convert to Christianity. Over the next century and a half, Rollo and his descendants would become powerful and pious Christian rulers of the mighty European territory, Normandy. In 1066, Rollo's descendant William would conquer England, with papal sanction.

Investigating the role of religious tradition in the legitimation of power and the establishment of identity, Samantha Kahn Herrick illuminates the often murky early history of the duchy of Normandy. Central to this religious heritage stood the region's traditional saints, whose deeds, recorded in Latin lives, were celebrated regularly. Herrick focuses on the neglected figures Taurinus of Evreux, Vigor of Bayeux, and Nicasius of Rouen, saints with particular resonance in areas central to the Norman duke's territorial ambitions.

In elaborating a vision of the past that helped explain the present, the saint's stories sanctioned the duke's rule. Innovative in its historical use of hagiographical literature, this work advances our understanding of early Normandy and the Viking's transformation from pagan raiders to Christian princes. It also sheds light on the intersection of religious tradition, identity, and power.