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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.
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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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Unfortunately, even the Bollandists could not find any more information about him.
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.
For Dominic, see Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur, published by the Bollandists (hereafter abbreviated AASS), August, 1, 405; for Anthony of Padua, see RaphaelM.
The chief publication of the Bollandists, as they are called, is Acta Sanctorum (the Deeds of the Saints).
In the interval he spent almost a year with the Bollandists in Belgium (May 1926 to April 1927) to extend his knowledge of hagiography.
The Bollandists' Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina Antiquae et Mediae Aetatis, i (Brussels, 1898-1899), 225.
This weighty volume contains the first fruits of a singularly massive enterprise, undertaken initially with the Bollandists, then at Louvain-la-Neuve, then at the German Historical Institute in Paris.
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.