The memory of the 'holy men' in hispanic monasticism: The case of the Bierzo region

Martín Viso, Iñaki (2012) The memory of the 'holy men' in hispanic monasticism: The case of the Bierzo region. Imago temporis, 6. pp. 165-190. ISSN 1888-3931

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This article analyses the use of the memory of the "holy men" through the study of monasticism in the Bierzo region. The 7th-century cases of Fructuosus and Valerius are examined, along with the use of these two Visigoth "holy men" in the monastic restoration undertaken by Gennadius at the end of the 9th and beginning of the 10th centuries. Lastly, the use of this memory in the Tumbo Viejo of San Pedro de Montes is dealt with, as is the substitution of the "holy men" by the kings as the legitimating reference in the mid 12th century. This social memory played an important role in the struggle for social prestige in a setting marked by the multiplicity of Christian models, understood as microchristendoms.

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Additional Information: This study has been carried out as part of the project "Valerio del Bierzo: sociedad y territorio en el Noroeste de Castilla y León en la Antigüedad tardía" financed by the General Office of Research of the Government of Castile and Leon (SA022A08).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Memory, Monasticism, Microchristendoms, Holy Man
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Depositing User: dr Vincenzo De Luise
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 04:51
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 04:51


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