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By Barbara Baert

Within the fourth century the assumption arose that the go on which Christ was once crucified have been came upon by way of Helena, mom of Emperor Constantine. therefore begun a legend that may develop and flourish through the heart a while and reason the diffusion of numerous splinters of holy wooden. And the place there's wooden, there has been as soon as a tree. may well or not it's that the move used to be made of that almost all noble species, the Tree of existence? So, amassing characters alongside the best way, the legend developed right into a story that stretches from the construction to the tip of Time. A background of Holy wooden is the 1st reconstruction of the iconographic and literary culture of the Legend of the genuine pass. Its wide scope encompasses relic cults, pilgrimages, visitors' stories and the Tree of lifestyles and includes Church Fathers, crusader kings, Teutonic Knights and mendicant orders, all of which motivated the legend's depiction from its earliest illustration in manuscripts, reliquaries and altarpieces, to the nice huge cycles of the excessive center a long time. If the holy wooden used to be the medium of medieval reminiscence, A historical past of Holy wooden unearths the expansion jewelry of fifteen centuries of images.

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52 The dependence of the Latin liturgical texts commemorating the apostles on early medieval Latin transmissions of the ancient apocryphal Acts leads unavoidably to the question of the relation between apocrypha and hagiography—however schematic or even unhistorical this question might seem at first sight. The relation between these two ‘genres’ plays an important role in current studies on apocrypha,53 and it must, therefore, not be passed over here. e. the relation between apocrypha and the liturgy of the apostles in the medieval church, cannot be dealt with precisely if we do not include the concept ‘hagiography’.

84 general introduction 21 Jude and the first bishop of Babylon, appointed by the apostles themselves. 90 Since then, the collection has been entitled ‘Collection of Pseudo-Abdias’. The collection is a mix of material that is also known from other collections or authors on the one hand, such as the different Latin versions of the struggle between Peter and Simon Magus (Pseudo-Marcellus, Linus, Hegesippus),91 and texts that are solely known from ‘Pseudo-Abdias’ on the other. 95 Despite these preliminary guesses, the identity of ‘Pseudo-Abdias’ and whether or not there is a link with Gregory remains still a matter of great uncertainty, which deserves more attention than it has been paid so far.

134–135. , pp. 165–169. 93 Gregory of Tours, Liber in gloria martyrum, c. 34: B. ), MGH SRM I (Hanover, 1885), pp. 484–561, at 509. 94 See further chapter 2. 95 Cfr Lipsius, Die apokryphen Apostelgeschichten, vol. 1, pp. 135–138; p. 165s. Others question this link: K. Zelzer, Die alten lateinischen Thomasakten (Berlin, 1977), pp. xxix–xxx; and idem, ‘Zur Frage des Autors der Miracula beati Andreae apostoli und zur Sprache des Gregor von Tours’, Grazer Beiträge 6 (1977), 217–241. 96 The available printed editions do not make the study of this material easier.

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