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(bŏl`əndĭsts), group of Jesuits in Belgium, named for their early leader, Jean Bolland, a Flemish Jesuit of the 17th cent. They were charged by the Holy See with compiling an authoritative edition of the lives of the saints, the monumental Acta sanctorum, which is still in progress.



a learned society of Jesuits engaged in publishing the lives of the saints.

The Bollandist society was founded in Antwerp by J. Bol-Iand (1596-I665). ln 1643, Bolland began to publish the collection The Lives of the Saints (Acta Sanctorum) according to the plan of H. Rosweyde. This work is of great importance as a historical source. Setting as their goal the strengthening of the positions of the Catholic Church, the Bollandists played an objectively important role in the development of the study of ancient manuscripts and diplomatics (especially from the 17th century to the beginning of the 18th century; for example, D. Papenbroeck, 1628–1714).

The Bollandists published an enormous number of manuscripts, which have been preserved in the libraries of many European countries. These manuscripts contain valuable material on the history, geography, everyday life, and spiritual culture of the Middle Ages. In addition to publishing the lives of the saints, the Bollandists publish catalogs of manuscript and hagiographic literature. The center of the society (reorganized in 1837) is located in Brussels.


Delehaye, H. L’Oeuvre des bollandistes à travers trois siécles, 2nd ed. Brussels, 1959.
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One final theme in the work of the Bollandists and all these modern assessments of the legends of saints' lives and deaths should be noted: the role of popular imagination.
Roman Jesuits supported the myth, while, outside Rome, Jesuit Bollandists repudiated it.
21) But in the proceedings of the Neapolitan process there are many other witnesses and informations of interest, and for a student of Thomas Aquinas it is advisable to read the complete document, published by the Bollandists and reedited by Laurent in 1937.
The chief publication of the Bollandists, as they are called, is Acta Sanctorum (the Deeds of the Saints).
16) This was the general approach of the Bollandists, editors of the Lives of the Saints, from the mid-seventeenth century to the present.
In the interval he spent almost a year with the Bollandists in Belgium (May 1926 to April 1927) to extend his knowledge of hagiography.
Despite the long and acute critical work of the Bollandists and their unsurpassed Analecta, retaining a place of the highest authority among learned journals, there is as yet no general account of hagiography as a genre.
1919) a ete publiee a Princeton en 1922: The Work of the Bollandists Through Three Centuries, 1615-1915.
At the same time, his reliance on the Protestant Reformation as a terminal point exaggerates both its influence and theological homogeneity, thereby underrating the critical work of Renaissance authors who foreshadowed the emergence of the Bollandists.
See also Socii Bollandiani, Bibliotheca Hagiographica Orientalis (hereafter BHO), Subsidia Hagiographica 10 (Bruxelles: Bollandists, 1910), 1-2; and traditions concerning the childhood of Gregory the Illuminator (for example, Agathangelos, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [Patmowt'iwn Hayots'; History of the Armenians] [subsection] 34-37 [R.
The need for such help, Martin Davies remarked, is not surprising, because "the Bollandists themselves have confessed that they knew practically nothing" of this saint.
They have been published to celebrate the half-centenary of Delehaye's death and the centenary of his joining the Bollandists.