(ISSN 0777- 8112)
An indispensable complement to the Acta Sanctorum and the Analecta Bollandiana the collection Subsidia hagiographica comprises monographs, critical editions and supplementary reference works. These include the catalogues of hagiographical manuscripts of several important libraries as well as the famous Bibliothecae hagiographicae, which list all Greek and Latin hagiographic texts up to 1500 A.D.
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2012, XVI-437 p. – 79 €
2011, xxxvii-355 p. – 85 €
2010, X-255 p., -- 65 €.
89 Odon de Cluny. Vita sancti Geraldi Auriliacensis.
Édition critique, traduction française, introduction et commentaires par Anne-Marie BULTOT-VERLEYSEN
2009, XVIII-327 p. – 75 €
88 De Rosweyde aux Acta Sanctorum. La recherche hagiographique des Bollandistes à travers quatre siècles. Actes du Colloque international (Bruxelles, 5 oct. 2007)édités par Robert GODDING - Bernard Joassart - Xavier LEQUEUX - François DE VRIENDT.
2007, XVIII-358 p., 8 pl. -- 75.00€
The origins of the Acta Sanctorum, whose publication was begun by Jean Bolland in 1643, go back to a modest little work of less than one hundred pages by Heribert Rosweyde: in these Fasti Sanctorum quorum Vitae in Belgicis bibliothecis manuscriptae (Antwerp 1607) the Jesuit set out in detail his project for a collection of Vitae in 18 volumes which would be edited strictly on the basis of manuscripts. In order to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the appearance of the work an international colloquium was organized at Brussels on October 2007. Rosweyde's book and the Acta Sanctorum are the object of the papers presented which examine in turn the publication of the first collections of Vitae in the 16th century, the originality and vagaries of Rosweyde's researches, the list of the 1300 saints which forms the essential element of the Fasti Sanctorum, the manuscripts used by Bolland and his successors, the illustrations included in the entries in the Acta Sanctorum, the dispersion of the library of the Museum bollandianum at the end of the 18th century and the revival of the work of the Bollandists in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many hitherto unpublished documents as well as imposing indexes contribute to making this volume an indispensable complement to the Acta Sanctorum and an innovatory witness to the history of learning
2006, X-324 p., 32 pl. -- 70.00€
Although venerated throughout the Christian West, St Roch has nevertheless
remained a mysterious personage. Beginning in the second half of the fifteenth
century the cult of the holy pilgrim, protector against the plague, spread from
Lombardy to Venice and from Venice German merchants took it to Nuremberg and southern
Germany , from where it swiftly spread to the rest of Europe . But who was in
fact St Roch and what were the causes which led to his cult becoming so deeply rooted with such speed so that traces of it can be seen everywhere including representations of him in works of art?
It was to answer these questions that Belgian, French, Italian and German scholars met at Padua in February 2004. Their exchange of views led to the abandonment of opinions previously considered certainties. The joint examination of hagiographic, literary, iconographic and documentary sources as well as the discovery of new texts all gave rise to the problematical image of a new saint who appeared in the wake of a new illness - the plague. It was the result of a process of hagiographic elaboration but not as such a product of pure imagination. It was the invention of printing which led to the rapid progression of the cult by the laity of this lay saint, both at its origins and in its elaboration.
2006, XXVIII-416 p. -- 75.00€
This volume provides a comprehensive history of the martyrological transmission of the feastdays of the Irish saints, from its beginnings on Iona in the early 8th century, in a text probably brought from Lindisfarne in Northumbria , to its completion in the late 1620s in the humble refuge of the Donegal Franciscan friary. The route followed by the Iona text, first to Bangor in Ulster , then to Tallaght near Dublin , is explored in several chapters by reference to the feasts added along the way. The metrical version, produced at Tallaght about 830 by a bishop named Óengus, is shown to have been the most popular of all, with numerous copies, including one, now lost, which reached Regensburg in the late 11th century. The circulation in Ireland of the martyrologies of Ado and Usuard, on which the later Roman Martyrology is based, is also examined. One of these, formerly kept at Christ Church cathedral, is arguably Dublin 's oldest known book. The volume is accompanied by a full critical apparatus, with bibliography, map, and several indexes.
85 François DOLBEAU. Sanctorum societas. Récits latins de sainteté ( III e-XII e s.).
2005, XII-1001 p., 2 vols. -- 175.00€
All Christian saints wish to meet Christ but go by many different paths, which is why there is such a great diversity in the accounts devoted to them. From the literary point of view hagiographers have also chosen varying means and various styles ranging from the very simple to the most sophisticated, in simple or rhymed prose, metrical poetry and rhythmical verse. The thirty studies collected here illustrate the various solutions adopted in accounts written in Latin and their aim is to reveal the richness of a literature intended to please as well as to edify. The works edited, thirty in number, were for the most part unknown before they appeared in print in articles. They come from communities in Belgium , England , France , Italy , Serbia and Tunisia . One hitherto unpublished contribution is devoted to hagiography in Normandy in the eleventh century.
2003, XLI-267 p. -- 65.00€
This catalogue contains an exhaustive description of the rich collection of Greek hagiography in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana ( Milan ). Two hundred and seven hagiographic manuscripts and fragments dating from the ninth to the seventeenth century have been analyzed, with particular attention being paid to codicological aspects. They contain over 1300 separate hagiographic texts referring to 375 saints.
2002, VII-372 p. -- 65.00€
A collection of ten articles published between 1989 and 1998 and two hitherto unpublished articles (one of which is of almost one hundred pages on the Passion and Translation composed in the 9th century at Saint- Germain-des-Prés), this work is the best synthesis of today's knowledge of one of the most popular martyrs of the Middle Ages. With a rare mastery of his subject the author outlines the most credible historical facts relating to Vincent, retraces the progression of his cult in Spain , Gaul and Italy and studies all the hagiographical sources prior to 1000 A.D. The editions and commentaries of BHL 8628-8631, 8632, 8634-8636, 8638, 8639 and 8644-8645 are all brought together in this book as well as a detailed analysis of the manuscript tradition in each case.
2001, LXVIII-559 p. -- 110.00€
Based principally on the canons of councils, the work of Gregory of Tours and about eighty Lives of saints, this study is devoted to the figure of the priest in the Merovingian Gaul, which is much less well known than that of the bishop. The figure of the priest or rather the figures of the priests: the title indeed suggests the plurality of situations and cases. Childhood and studies, conditions and rites of ordination, civil status, way of living, activities and authority, material resources and relations with the bishop: no aspect has been neglected. A thorough study of terminology also provides new insights. The work also contains a prosopography of priests of the 6th and 7th centuries with over 380 entries.
2000, VIII-886 p. in 2 vols. -- EUR 150.00
This is the history of the publication of Delehaye'sLes légendes hagiographiques, "a manifesto for critical hagiography", and of the many difficulties which the author had to face, coming from both the authorities of the Society of Jesus and the Holy See. These events are placed in the broader context of the history of the Bollandists themselves and of the turn of the 20th century. More than 300 documents from various archives are here published for the first time. The study confirms that the antimodernist repression had already started before the end of Leo XIII's pontificate and continued still long after Pius X's death.
2000, VIII-539 p. -- EUR 65.00
Almost half a century after its publication (1953) René Aigrain's L'hagiographie remains the reference manual for anyone whishing to be initiated into the critical study of hagiography. The structure of the book is threefold: starting with a typology of the sources (which are not only saints' lives, but also calendars, martyrologies, etc.), it continues with an exposition of the method, as it was developed by the Bollandist H. Delehaye, and it ends with a concise history of the genre "hagiography" from the Acts of the Martyrs to the present times - a real tour de force, without any equivalent elsewhere. An important bibliographic supplement (100 pages) has been added, thus connecting Aigrain's manual with today's research.
1999, XI-187 p. -- EUR 35.00
Sanctity continues to fascinate, both as an ideal and as experienced in another. It exerted its fascination upon the individuals studied in this volume, eliciting a diversity of responses. A common thread which binds these writers, all active during the period of Roman Catholic modernism (1890-1914), is the struggle to come to terms with the intrusion of historical consciousness into the life and teaching of the Christian Churches . At one extreme, such consciousness was strongly resisted by the novelist turned hagiographer, Joris-Karl Huysmans, whose Life of Saint Lydwine is marked by a credulousness toward the legendary. At the other end of the critical spectrum, with Albert Houtin critical historical methods served to discredit much of traditional beliefs, dismissing them as merely legendary. In between one finds the uneasy mix of criticism and romanticism in Paul Sabatier 'sVie de S. François d'Assise, the patient methodological reflections of Hippolyte Delehaye, criticism integrated with a viable spirituality in Friedrich von Hügel, or the expansion of the saintly ideal to include nontraditional figures with Henri Bremond. From their various perspectives all attest that saints are studied, at least implicitly, because the student believes that something worth studying, and possibly even worth imitating, is there.
- Introduction, by L. Barmann (p. VII-XI);
- Hippolyte Delehaye (1859-1941): Un bollandiste au temps de la crise moderniste, par B. Joassart (p. 1-45);
- Pious Legend and "Pious Fraud": Albert Houtin (1867-1926) and the Controversy over the Apostolic Origins of the Churches of France, by C.J.T. Talar (p. 47-65);
- Henri Bremond: Aux frontières de l'hagiographie, par É. Goichot (p. 67-102);
- Baron Friedrich von Hügel and Mysticism: In pursuit of the Christian Ideal, by L. Barmann (p. 103-130);
- Saint of Authority and the Saint of the Spirit: Paul Sabatier's Vie de saint François d'Assise, by C.J.T. Talar (p. 131-150);
- A Naturalistic Hagiography: J.-K. Huysmans' Sainte Lydwine de Schiedam, by C.J.T. Talar (p. 151-181).
1994, XVI-296 p., 1 map (46 x 40 cm). -- EUR 70.00.
Unique repertory of the saints venerated in mediaeval Iceland . Each entry specifies the churches where the saint was venerated as well as his feast-day; where relevant, it mentions literary works (sagas) devoted to him (her), and local iconographic depictions of him (her). The work also contains a list of all the churches and chapels whose existence is attested prior to 1400: the names of the saints associated with each place, which can easily be found on a large-scale unfolding map, the date of consecration of the edifice and the sources in which it is mentioned are listed. A fundamental reference work for Icelandic church history.
1993, LIV-626 p. -- EUR 120.00
Critical edition with annotations of the Life of a Calabrian monk of the X th century, St. Fantin the Younger (BHG 2366z, olim 1509b), on the basis of the only known witness: Mosquensis gr. 478, f. 272-285v (end of the X th century). This document presents a remarkable picture of the city of Thessalonica in the second half of the X th century. It abounds with colourful episodes in which various historical personages, such as St. Photius of Thessaly , St. Athanasius and St. Paul of Athos, are encountered.
1992, XX-200 p. -- EUR 40.00
The second part of the diptych initiated by Les saints rois du Moyen Âge ( Subsidia Hagiographica, 68). Twelve queens, from St Clotilde (d. 545) to St Isabella of Aragon (d. 1336), form the subject of a critical historical study. A concluding synthesis examines the characteristic aspects of this quite particular type of sanctity.
1990, 128 p. -- EUR 20.00
Two early witnesses, Basil of Caesarea and the Syriac and Hieronymian martyrologies mention the martyr Athenogenos, chorepiscopus of the town of Pedachthoe (today Bedohtun), a victim of the Diocletian persecution. Hitherto there was only the short epic Passion BHG 197, published in 1987. With this work we now have the publication, together with a translation and commentary, of another version of the Passion BHG 197b, a text of an entirely different historical quality and in large measure ancient. Particularly worthy of mention are the three long interrogations of the bishop, of the lector (and martyr) Ariston, and of the cantor (and renegade) Severianos. Also noteworthy are the names of other martyrs (including Peter I of Sebasteia) and a number of picturesque details of rural Christian life. In addition, the epic Passion, accompanied this time by a translation, is republished here on the basis of some ten manuscripts.
1987, 197 p. -- EUR 45.00
This work contains six previously unpublished texts of Byzantine hagiography: 1. the Eulogy of St. Horeozele by Constantine Acropolites (BHG 2180); 2. the Passion of Philetairos and Eubiotos (BHG 1515a); 3. the Legend of three brother-martyrs of Lentini, Alphius, Philadelphus, and Cyrinus (BHG 62a); 4. a Greek Passion of St. Cecilia (BHG 283c); 5. the Martyrdom of Arethas and of his Himyarite companions (BHG166z); 6. the Life of St. Athanasia of Aegina , abbess of the IX th Century (BHG 180).
73. Hippolyte DELEHAYE. L'ancienne hagiographie byzantine: les sources, les premiers modèles, la formation des genres. Conférences prononcées au Collège de France en 1935. Textes inédits publiés par Bernard JOASSART et Xavier LEQUEUX. Préface de Gilbert DAGRON.
1991, XXXVII-77 p. -- EUR 20.00
At the invitation of the Schlumberger Foundation, H. Delehaye gave these three papers at the Collège de France in 1935. Although addressed to a wider public, these papers contain the experience acquired by the author in his 45 years as a Bollandist, and constitute, as it were, his intellectual testament.
1986, 221 p. -- EUR 40.00
A selection of 14 hitherto unpublished Greek texts accompanied by French translations. In addition to the Lives of St Theophylactus of Nicomedia and of St Thomais of Lesbos , for example, there are a great number of Passions of martyrs. These texts are of interest above all for the history of literature and of the diffusion of legends.
1986, 961 p. -- EUR 130.00
This Supplement, which is nearly as voluminous as the BHL ( Subsidia hagiographica 6) contains some two hundred "new" saints, i.e. those who are not found in the original edition, to which it adds some 2650 entries. To avoid changing the original numbering, these supplementary entries are denoted by the addition of letters (a, b, c, etc.) to the numbers, at times even of double letters ( za, zb, zc, etc.), an effective even if inelegant measure.
1985, 365 p. -- EUR 50.00
This jewel of the Greek Patriarchate of Alexandria was fortunately found in 1939 in the Walters Art Gallery of Baltimore. It is a collection of 25 texts, which dates from the reign of Michael IV (1034-1041). These are published here with translations and brief commentaries. The saints treated in the document are all of the month of January, from St. Sylvester, whose feast is celebrated by the Greeks on New Year's Day, to St. Eusebia-Xene of Mylassa, whose feast is celebrated on the 24 th of January.
1984, 248p. -- EUR 40.00
A study of 28 kings who actually reigned. The first two chapters of the work present the life of the saint (martyr or confessor) and the process of canonization. The two following chapters attempt to answer a double question: what was expected of the holy king and what were the functions that he fulfilled in his kingdom. The last two chapters, by examining the liturgical texts, attempt to identify and analyze the principal aspects of the cults of these saints. Les saints rois form a diptych with Les saintes reines du Moyen Âge (Subsidia Hagiographica, 76 ).
1984, 124 p., 9 pl. -- EUR 30.00
The publication together with translation and commentary of 26 fragments either already known or previously unidentified of the Coptic version of the Preaching and of the Martyrdom of St. Thomas the Apostle, the version from which the today better known Arabic and Ethiopians versions probably derive. The Contribution codicologique au Corpus copte des AAA, by E. Lucchesi , attempts to situate the fragments of six codices of the White Monastery among the Acts of the other Apostles of which they were originally a part.
1983, 206 p. -- EUR 50.00
The very numerous manuscripts of the National Library of Athens which are of interest for Byzantine hagiography are carefully analyzed as is customary with the Bollandists. The references to the Bibliotheca hagiographica graeca of 1957, to its Auctarium of 1969 or to its Novum Auctarium of 1984 enable these texts to be accurately identified. Hundreds of little known or even hitherto unknown documents are easy to find by means of the index.
1984, 961 p. -- EUR 75.00
This "New Supplement" to the Bibliotheca hagiographica graeca ( = Subsidia hagiographica 8) contains all the information collected since 1957 regarding the editions or the re-editions of the Lives of the Saints in Greek, as well as unpublished documents found in Byzantine manuscripts.
1982, 308 p. -- EUR 40.00
2 vols., 1980, XXXVIII-499 and 563 p. -- EUR 110.00
1982, 308 p. -- EUR 70.00
1977, XV-208 p. -- EUR 30.00
1977,564 p. -- EUR 65.00
2 vols., 1978 and 1980, LXXVI-596 and 412 p. -- EUR 125.00
1976, 127 p. -- EUR 25.00
1975, VIII-292 p. -- EUR 45.00
1974,216 p. -- EUR 35.00
1973, 240 p. -- EUR 40.00
1972,180 p. -- EUR 30.00
1971 (reprint 1981), CXXXIII-140 p. -- EUR 60.00
1971, 144 p. -- EUR 25.00
1971, 328 p. -- EUR 40.00
1971, 151 p. -- EUR 30.00
1971, 306 p. -- EUR 45.00
2 vols., 1970, XXXVI-172 and 314 p. -- EUR 70.00
1969, 240 p. -- EUR 35.00
1969, 456 p. -- EUR 50.00
1968, XII-368 p. -- EUR 50.00
1967, 532 p. -- EUR 60.00
1966, 439 p. -- EUR 50.00
1965, XIX-207 p. -- EUR 35.00
1965, 444 p. -- EUR 70.00
1964 (reprint 1983), 507 p. -- EUR 60.00
1963,& 360 p. -- EUR 50.00
1963, 391 p. -- EUR 40.00
1984, 275 p. -- EUR 40.00
1961 (reprint 1980), IX-230 p. -- EUR 35.00
1961, X-480 p. -- EUR 60.00
2 vols., 1962 ad 1970, 448 and VII-373 p. -- EUR 75.00
1958, 187 p. -- EUR 30.00
1958, 487 p. -- EUR 60.00
1956, XII-247 p. -- EUR 35.00
1965,LII-436 p. -- EUR 60.00
2 vols., 1951, 336 and 310 p. -- EUR 60.00
1950, 236 p. -- EUR 30.00
1961 (reprint 1968), 151 p. -- EUR 25.00
1936 (reprint 1968), 273 p. -- EUR 40.00
1935, 590 p. -- EUR 60.00
1934 (reprint 1980), 147 p. -- EUR 30.00
2 nd edition, 1933 (reprint 2004), VIII-443 p. -- EUR 60.00
1932, 474 p. -- EUR 50.00
1955 (reprint 1973), XV-226-LII p. -- EUR 35.00
1927 (reprint 1970), VIII-266 p. -- EUR 40.00
1925 (reprint 1982), 288 p. -- EUR 40.00
1923 (reprint 1989), CXCV-276 p. -- EUR 50.00
2 nd revised edition, 1966, 332 p. -- EUR 40.00
1959, 196 p. -- EUR 25.00
1913 (reprint 1968), VIII-415 p. -- EUR 50.00
1883 (reprint 1910), VIII-595 p. -- EUR 60.00
1909 (reprint 1981), 523 p. -- EUR 60.00
1957 (reprint 1985), XVIII-284-322-351 p. -- EUR 130.00
1898-1901 (reprint 1992), XXXV-1304 p. -- EUR 130.00
6 vols., 1892-1921 (reprint 1969), 601, 786, 639, 383, 433 and XLVIII-244 p. -- EUR 250.00
1895 (reprint 1983), 587 p. -- EUR 60.00
4 vols., 1889-1893, 606, XV-646, 520 and 219+101 p. -- EUR 230.00
2 vols., 1886 and 1889, 557 and 614 p. -- EUR 120.00
Updated 4 January 2007.