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Reforming SaintsSaints' Lives and Their Authors in Germany, 1470-1530$
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David J. Collins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195329537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329537.001.0001

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 Situating the Saints

 Situating the Saints

Germania illustrata and Saints' Lives

(p.75) 3 Situating the Saints
Reforming Saints

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A common kind of revision humanists made to older narratives, regardless of the type of saint being portrayed, was to the geographical and cultural setting. Often they inserted excurses of descriptive geography and historical chronicle not before associated with the given saints. Chapter three investigates how and why humanist authors amended the lives in these novel and sometimes tendentious ways. The chapter associates such chorographical changes with the Germania illustrata project, a wider movement among German humanists to investigate, construct, and glorify an ancient and medieval past that was truly German.

Keywords:   Chorography, descriptive geography, historical chronicle, historical topography, Germania illustrata, past, Germany, revisions

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