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Portrayed on the Heart: Narrative Effect in Pictorial Lives of Saints from the Tenth through the Thirteenth Century (review)

Portrayed on the Heart: Narrative Effect in Pictorial Lives of Saints from the Tenth through the... 07-reviews (Bio 26-3) 9/4/03 8:23 AM Page 469 Reviews 469 Cynthia Hahn. Portrayed on the Heart: Narrative Effect in Pictorial Lives of Saints from the Tenth through the Thirteenth Century. Berkeley: U of Cal- ifornia P, 2001. 455 pp. 157 illus. ISBN 0-520-22320-9, $60.00. Cynthia Hahn’s long-anticipated study is a very useful addition to the many books and articles that have been published in the last several decades con- cerning western medieval hagiographic imagery. Much scholarship in this area can be traced back to the stimulating article written by Francis Wormald in 1952, “Some Illustrated Manuscripts of the Lives of Saints.” In this arti- cle, Wormald discussed the flourishing of hagiographic illustration in west- ern Europe between the tenth and thirteenth century particularly in the form of libelli manuscripts, which is to say, manuscripts concerning texts and illus- trations devoted to the life of a single saint (or in some cases, two or more related saints). Wormald connected the production of these manuscripts to a variety of social, cultural, and religious factors during these centuries, pri- marily the interest in saintly-cult-promotion of the monastic high Middle Ages. Wormald also provided in this article an extremely useful “list” of these http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Portrayed on the Heart: Narrative Effect in Pictorial Lives of Saints from the Tenth through the Thirteenth Century (review)

Biography , Volume 26 (3) – Oct 30, 2003

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Copyright © 2003 Biographical Research Center.
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07-reviews (Bio 26-3) 9/4/03 8:23 AM Page 469 Reviews 469 Cynthia Hahn. Portrayed on the Heart: Narrative Effect in Pictorial Lives of Saints from the Tenth through the Thirteenth Century. Berkeley: U of Cal- ifornia P, 2001. 455 pp. 157 illus. ISBN 0-520-22320-9, $60.00. Cynthia Hahn’s long-anticipated study is a very useful addition to the many books and articles that have been published in the last several decades con- cerning western medieval hagiographic imagery. Much scholarship in this area can be traced back to the stimulating article written by Francis Wormald in 1952, “Some Illustrated Manuscripts of the Lives of Saints.” In this arti- cle, Wormald discussed the flourishing of hagiographic illustration in west- ern Europe between the tenth and thirteenth century particularly in the form of libelli manuscripts, which is to say, manuscripts concerning texts and illus- trations devoted to the life of a single saint (or in some cases, two or more related saints). Wormald connected the production of these manuscripts to a variety of social, cultural, and religious factors during these centuries, pri- marily the interest in saintly-cult-promotion of the monastic high Middle Ages. Wormald also provided in this article an extremely useful “list” of these

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