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In Vita Miracles; The Means, The Performance And The Criticism

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In the twelfth century, hagiographers showed that supernatural power worked in saints according to the accepted patterns of sanctity known from the life of Christ and the Apostles. Although the authors of GA, GB and GD have listed some miracles before the translations of Jón's and Þorlákr's remains, that certainly does not diminish the effect of those processes on Guðmundr's miracle working. The hagiographers of Jón and Þorlákr were against describing the in vita miracles of their protagonists in order to avoid the issue of vanity. Both in the provision-of-food miracles and other miracles it is noticeable that the use of rituals gained in sophistication during the years of Guðmundr's episcopacy. Arngrímr is also the only one of Guðmundr's hagiographers who has not mentioned the saint's "defeat" in another case involving holy water.

Keywords: &N;orl&e;kr; Arngr&e;mr Brandsson; Christ; episcopacy; Gu&h;mundr; hagiographer; in vita miracle; J&e;n; saint

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