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Signs, Wonders, Miracles


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The signs, wonders, and miracles by which God was believed to communicate with his people on earth provide the focus for this wide-ranging volume. Beginning with a re-consideration of Constantine's vision in 312 and ending with a discussion of the place of miracles in the making of twentieth-century Spanish identity, these essays explore the manifestations of divine power in the conversion of the ancient world to Christianity, in medieval saints' lives and Byzantine hagiography, in the Crusades, and in the early modern and modern periods. A surprising feature of this collection is its demonstration that the miraculous continued in its importance to Christian communities from Reformation Europe forward into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taken together these essays eschew any simple secularisation thesis and highlight the persistence of the role of divine power in how men and women interpreted the world around them. Contributors include W. H. C. Frend, Bernard Hamilton, Michael Goodich, Brenda Bolton, Jaime Lara, Alexandra Walsham, Hartmut Lehmann, and Grant Wacker.


First Published: 11 Aug 2005
13 Digit ISBN: 9780954680916
21 black and white illustrations
Pages: 496
Size: 21.6 x 13.8
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Ecclesiastical History Society

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  In hoc signo vinces: the True Context of the Vision of Constantine
  • 2  The Place of Miracles in the Conversion of the Ancient World to Christianity
  • 3  Ventriloquism and the Miraculous: Conversion, Preaching, and the Martyr Exemplum in Late Antiquity
  • 4  The Diabolical Power of Lettuce or, Garden Miracles in Gregory the Great's Dialogues
  • 5  Constat ergo inter nos verba signa esse: the Understanding of the Miraculous in Anglo-Saxon Society
  • 6  Miracles, Missionaries and Manuscripts in Eighth-Century Southern Germany
  • 7  Mapping Miracles in Byzantine Hagiography: the Development of the Legend of St Alexios
  • 8  God Wills It: Signs of Divine Approval in the Crusade Movement
  • 9  Stigmata on the First Crusade
  • 10  Monastic Miracles in Southern Italy, c.1040-1140
  • 11  Miracles, Meaning and Narrative in the Latin East
  • 12  Mirabilis Deus in sanctis suis: Social History and Medieval Miracles
  • 13  Signs, Wonders, Miracles: Supporting the Faith in Medieval Rome
  • 14  Modernizing St Cuthbert: Reginald of Durham's Miracle Collection
  • 15  Multos ex medicinae arte curaverat, multos verbo et oratione:Curing in Medieval Portuguese Saints' Lives
  • 16  Miraculous Crucifixes in Late Medieval Italy
  • 17  Bloody Miracles of a Political Martyr: the Case of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster
  • 18  Miracles and Visions in Devotio Moderna Biographies
  • 19  A Vulcanological Joachim of Fiore and an Aerodynamic Francis of Assisi in Colonial Latin America
  • 20  Miracles in Post-Reformation England
  • 21  Through a Venice Glass Darkly: John Foxe's Most Famous Miracle
  • 22  Miracles within Catastrophes: Some Examples from Early Modern Germany
  • 23  Late Seventeenth-Century Quakerism and the Miraculous: a New Look at George Fox's 'Book of Miracles'
  • 24  Reclaiming Ghosts in 1690s England
  • 25  Acts of God, Acts of Men: Providence in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England and France
  • 26  Seeing Salvation: the Place of Dreams and Visions in John Wesley's Arminian Magazine
  • 27  The Magic Methodists and their Influence on the Early Primitive Methodist Movement
  • 28  Trying the Spirits: Irvingite Signs and the Test of Doctrine
  • 29  'Signs and Wonders that Lie': Unlikely Polemical Outbursts Against the Early Pentecostal Movement in Britain
  • 30  Living with Signs and Wonders: Parents and Children in Early Pentecostal Culture
  • 31  Angels in the Trenches: British Soldiers and Miracles in the First World War
  • 32  Miracles, Messiahs and the Media: the Ministry of A. H. Dallimore in Auckland in the 1930s
  • 33  Miracles in the Making of Twentieth-Century Spanishness: Ramón Menéndez Pidal, Buñuel's Viridiana and Isidro el LabradorLabrador