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Useful websites dealing with hagiography


Hagiography Associations


ΑΓΙΟΛΟΓΙΚΑ ΤΕΤΡΑΔΙΑ – Studies on Christian hagiography: a blog on Byzantine hagiography, based in Greece, with links and upcoming events.

AISSCA  : Associazione italiana per lo studio della santità, dei culti e dell’agiografia.  Very active in promoting conferences and publications.  Publishes the journal Sanctorum.

Arbeitskreis für hagiographische Fragen: the German association of hagiographers, which organizes a yearly conference.

HagHis (Hagiographie et Histoire): web site of the Atelier français de recherches sur l’hagiographie médiévale.  Announces (and organizes) conferences and seminars, proposes bibliographies and information about specific dossiers of saints.

Hagiography Society: activities and newsletters of the very active association based in the USA.

Hagiotheca.  Croatian Hagiography Society

The study of hagiography


Ménestrel: a guide of Internet resources about Medieval hagiography, in a web site dedicated to the Middle Ages and run by a group of French and Belgian historians.  The website has an English version.

ORB – Hagiography : an excellent introduction to medieval hagiography by the late Thomas Head.


General databases, texts and bibliographies


The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity (CSLA) database, from its origins to circa AD 700, across the entire Christian world.

Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database: an online database of Greek hagiographic texts from the 8th-10th centuries.  English translations of Byzantine texts are available in another section of the same website: Translations of Byzantine Saints’ Lives listed either alphabetically or chronologically.

Feminae.  Medieval Women and Gender Index: an ongoing bibliography of articles, many of which are related to hagiography.

Geschichtsquellen des deutschen Mittelalters: critical inventory and bibliography of medieval narrative sources, with a section dedicated to saints.

Hagiografía hispánica : a virtual library (section of the Biblioteca virtual Miguel de Cervantes) of primary and secondary sources about medieval and modern Castillan and Catalan hagiography.

Hagiography Sourcebook : intends to provide access to online sources and materials relating to hagiography.

Medieval Sourcebook: this web site, edited by Paul Halsall (Fordham University), is dedicated to historical sources in general.  The Saints’ Lives section provides links to a vast selection of late antique and medieval Saints’ Lives in English translation.

Narrative Sources from the Medieval Low Countries: gives an exhaustive and critical survey of all the narrative sources (including Saints’ Lives) originating from the medieval Low Countries (6th-16th cent.).

TASC – Transnational Database and Atlas of Saints’ Cults: Graham Jones’ project aims to establish a parish-by-parish, commune-by-commune inventory of religious devotion in Europe and beyond.




Hagiography Circle: an online resource on contemporary hagiography, it offers up-to-date information on saints, blessed, venerables, and servants of God from the time of the French Revolution (1789) to recent times.

Santi e beati: a useful although not entirely critical encyclopedia of saints, based in large part on the Bibliotheca Sanctorum (in Italian).


Particular projects


Ancient Pilgrimage in Holy Land Digital Library (APHL): a bibliography of itineraries to the Holy Land.

Censimento santuari cristiani in Italia: a database of sanctuaries in Italy.

Commemorations of Saints in Scottish Place-Names : a database of Scottish hagiotoponyms based in Glasgow University.

Coordinación de la edición de hagiografía castellana : offers textual and bibliographical resources on the hagiography of Castilla.

Databank Beschermheiligen: a database about protector saints in the Netherlands and in Belgium.

Dedications to Saints in Medieval Scotland: database completed in 2007, based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

Franciscan Authors 13th – 18th century.  A Catalogue in Progress: includes a section “Vitae et Miracula” offering bibliographical resources on a large number of saints.

Inventaire des sanctuaires et lieux de pèlerinage chrétiens en France : an ongoing project about French sanctuaries from the origins to the present time.

Nederlandse Bedevaartbank: a database of the 662 places of pilgrimage in the Netherlands from the beginnings to the present time.

Pilgerzeichendatenbank: a database of pilgrim signs from all over Europe.

Sacri monti : documentation centre about Europe’s sacred mounts, calvaries, and other devotional monumental complexes.  Édition électronique d’un corpus de sermons latins médiévaux : a website on medieval preaching aiming to the electronic edition of Latin sermons collections.

Stigmatics : an ERC-funded project at the Ruusbroec Institute (University of Antwerp).

Symbols that Bind and Break Comunities: a collaborative research project about saints’ cults as stimuli and expressions of local, regional, national and universalist identities.

Thesaurus exemplorum medii aevi (Thema): a database of around 10,000 exempla from more than 50 collections (10th – 14th cent.).