hagiography

biography of a Christian saint

A hagiography (; from Ancient Greek ἅγιος, hagios, meaning 'holy', and -γραφία, -graphia, meaning 'writing') is a biography of a saint or an ecclesiastical leader. The term hagiography may be used to refer to the adulatory and idealized biography of a founder, saint, monk, nun or icon in any of the world's religions.Christian hagiographies focus on the lives, and notably the miracles, ascribed to men and women canonized by the Roman Catholic church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox churches, and the Church of the East. Other religious traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Jainism also create and maintain hagiographical texts (such as the Sikh Janamsakhis) concerning saints, gurus and other individuals believed to be imbued with sacred power. Hagiographic works, especially those of the Middle Ages, can incorporate a record of institutional and local history, and evidence of popular cults, customs, and traditions. However, when referring to modern, non-ecclesiastical works, the term hagiography is often used as a pejorative reference to biographies and histories whose authors are perceived to be uncritical of or reverential toward their subject.
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genre: hagiography

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The Life of Our Lord

book about the life of Jesus by Charles Dickens for his young children, written 1846–1849, published in 1934

author: Charles Dickens

1934

Golden Legend

collection of hagiographies by Jacobus da Varagine

author: Jacobus de Voragine

1298

To europeiske helgener

to hagiografiske essays av Sigrid Undset

author: Sigrid Undset

1933

Life of St Ansgar

berättelsen om missionären Ansgars liv, nedtecknad ett antal år efter hans död

author: Rimbert

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