Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Livre Des Miracles De Saint Gilles [Liber Miraculorum Sancti Egidii], la Vie D'un Sanctuaire De Pèlerinage Au XIIe Siècle

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Livre Des Miracles De Saint Gilles [Liber Miraculorum Sancti Egidii], la Vie D'un Sanctuaire De Pèlerinage Au XIIe Siècle

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Livre des miracles de saint Gilles [Liber miraculorum sancti Egidii], la vie d'un sanctuaire de pèlerinage au XIIe siècle, ed. Marcel Girault and Pierre-Gilles Girault, Medievalia 60 (Orléans: Paradigme, 2007). 368 pp. ISBN 978-2-86878-263-2. euro28.00. In eleventh- and twelfthcentury Provence, St Gilles's relies and cult enjoyed a vibrant following, and the location of his abbey at a major port on the Rhône made it a popular stop on trade and pilgrimage routes. But in the later Middle Ages, St Gilles suffered both sacred and profane setbacks: the shrine was eclipsed by increasingly fervent Marian devotion at Rocamadour, and the port was wholly overshadowed by the newly created Aiguës-Mortes. This text, from the glory days of the pilgrimage abbey, recounts the miracles of the now obscure sixthcentury Languedocien hermit. A facing-page Latin and French edition is accompanied by commentary written by Marcel and Pierre-Gilles Girault; the preface and imprimatur of reliable hagiography is, naturally, by André Vauchez.

The edition includes a preface by Pierre Guillaume, a librarian at the abbey of Saint-Gilles, and thirty-one miracle accounts. About half of the miracula were written by Guillaume c. 1120, while the other half were penned by an anonymous author of the late twelfth century. …

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