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The 'Voice of the People' in some Late-Medieval Miracle-Collections
University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
1994 (English)In: Saint and Sagas: A Symposium / [ed] Hans Bekker-Nielsen and Birte Carlé, Odense: Odense University Press , 1994, 89-108 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In processes of canonization, accounts of miracles experienced by men and women from all strata of society were recorded. Highly educated clerics listened carefully to stories told by ordinary people, on whom no writer would otherwise have cared to waste his ink. As André Vauchez has pointed out, the canonization processes constitute the place of a confrontation between the culture of the dominant strata, to which belonged those who ordained and carried out the investigations, and the culture of the lower classes, among which a good number of witnesses were recruited.In most cases, the records of miracles were brief, but there were pilgrims with talents for storytelling that went beyond the ordinary, who enticed the registrars to exceed the normal formulas. Twenty-nine such stories from the miracles of Birgitta of Sweden, Nils of Linköping and Katherine of Vadstena have been examined for this paper. Behind each of these accounts, there is an original tale that was delivered orally for the registrars, who essentially reproduced it in their texts. Used with methodological caution, this source material presents us with fragments of authentic popular storytelling from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Odense: Odense University Press , 1994. 89-108 p.
Keyword [en]
miracle tales, miracula, narration, storytelling, folklore, Middle Ages
Keyword [sv]
mirakelberättelser, narration, berättande, medeltiden
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History Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-5549ISBN: 87-7838-048-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-5549DiVA: diva2:319325
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Miracles in the North
Available from: 2010-05-17 Created: 2010-05-17 Last updated: 2011-09-07Bibliographically approved

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