On The Ruin Of Britain

Introduction

In my previous entries I outlined the initial early church practice to bury its dead in a mode similar to the culture around it. In my second I looked at the growing prestige of the martyr, in life and death, in the church who came to be seen as a type of individual set aside as a spiritual athlete who had great intercessory power in life. In my third entry I outlined the association of the martyrs, and those like them, with the pagan daimon or guardian angels. I also looked at the prestige progressively associate with their remains via the bleeding into the church of platonic notions of forms as expressed via individuals like Basil the Great. In this penultimate entry I hope to look at how the growth of the public cult of the relics became mainstream and how this shaped the life of the church going…

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