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This front matter section of the book Images of Medieval Sanctity: Essays in Honour of Gary Dickson presents the table of contents, acknowledgement, Gary dickson's bibliography and introduction. The book comprises a comprehensive and rich investigation of the idea of sanctity and its many medieval manifestations across time (fifth through fifteenth centuries) and in different geographical locations (England, Scotland, France, the Low Countries). For a long time, the religious history of medieval Christendom was identified with that of church institutions: the papacy, councils, episcopate, monastic and religious orders, parish authorities, pastoral visits, synod statutes, and still others. However, this approach has its disadvantages: it places emphasis on the structural and administrative side of religious life and sometimes freezes changing realities into abstract or restraining patterns. Gary Dickson's work permits a better interpretation and comprehension of a key aspect of the Middle ages momentous period of history.

Keywords: church institutions; Gary Dickson; medieval christendom; Medieval Sanctity; middle ages



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