For the bookshelf: St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins of Cologne

Book cover for "St. Ursula"St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins of Cologne: Relics, Reliquaries and the Visual Culture of Group Sanctity in Late Medieval Europe

By Scott Montgomery

Peter Lang Press, 2009


The cult of St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgin Martyrs of Cologne was the most widespread relic cult in medieval Europe. This book explores the visual, textual, performative and perceptual aspects of this phenomenon, with emphasis on painting and sculpture in late medieval Cologne. Examining the ways in which both texts and images worked as vestments, garbing the true core of relics which formed the body of the cult, the book examines the cult from the core outward, seeking to understand texts and images in terms of their role in articulating relic cults.


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