Lived Religion and Everyday Life in Early Modern Hagiographic Material

  • Jenni Kuuliala
  • Rose-Marie Peake
  • Päivi Räisänen-Schröder

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Experience book series (PSHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jenni Kuuliala, Rose-Marie Peake, Päivi Räisänen-Schröder
    Pages 1-25
  3. Thomas C. Devaney
    Pages 189-213
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 319-328

About this book


This book discusses the ways in which early modern hagiographic sources can be used to study lived religion and everyday life from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. For several decades, saints’ lives, other spiritual biographies, miracle narratives, canonisation processes, iconography, and dramas, have been widely utilised in studies on medieval religious practices and social history. This fruitful material has however been overlooked in studies of the early modern period, despite the fact that it witnessed an unprecedented growth in the volume of hagiographic material. The contributors to this volume address this, and illuminate how early modern hagiographic material can be used for the study of topics such as religious life, the social history of medicine, survival strategies, domestic violence, and the religious experience of slaves.


beatification canonisation miracles spiritual biographies histories of experience

Editors and affiliations

  • Jenni Kuuliala
    • 1
  • Rose-Marie Peake
    • 2
  • Päivi Räisänen-Schröder
    • 3
  1. 1.Tampere UniversityTampereFinland
  2. 2.Tampere UniversityTampereFinland
  3. 3.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-15552-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-15553-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-8960
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-8979
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