The Reception of Saint Anne’s Cult in the Hungarian Ecclesiastical Environment: Her Legend in Codices
This chapter refers to the veneration of St. Anne in Hungary as it connects with the issue of readership during the Middle Ages. Three manuscripts describing the life of the saint particularly constitute the subject of our discussion: those that are known in the literature concerned with hagiography as the Teleki, Kazinczy, and Érdy codices.
The chapter presents the substance of these pieces as well as their reception and looks at the role of the scribes in the propagation of Anne’s devotion. It assesses the impact these texts had on late medieval religious orders and indicates how their production and “consumption”—that is, the reading—significantly aid our understanding of hagiography in Western Christianity.