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hagiography

1. the writing of the lives of the saints
2. biography of the saints
3. any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
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The liegois hagiographers rehabilitated his image by comparing the bishop to Elijah and John the Baptist.
In this battle of sapientia versus scientia, Cooper-Rompato sees the saint's life "split by two desires: at the same time that the hagiographers admire the knowledge afforded by sapientia, they are also invested in demonstrating that the gift does not provide the range of literate abilities that clerical study can" (60).
It would be reasonable to ask here whether otvod was performed during the two transactions mentioned in the text (the initial sale of the land to Peter, and later, the dispute over the lake) as well as why Peter's hagiographer remained silent on the issue.
Such evidence, especially the depictions of religious conversion, shows hagiographers turning to an obscure Christian past to make sense out of the region's violence and to justify ducal claims to political power.
Aware of Wolfe's faults as man and writer, Mauldin is not a hagiographer. She portrays what Wolfe did to himself and what others did to him.
(3) First and foremost an Anglican cleric (Rector of Lew Trenchard from 1881 until his death more than four decades later), he was also a theologian, hagiographer, novelist, linguist, and collector of folk songs.
Michael Munn's style as a biographer is that of the hagiographer. From the first paragraph the book makes it clear that the author was a personal and respectful friend of Stewart and his wife.
Hirst hagiographer Gordon Burn, for example, could write romantically of the millionaire, restaurant-owning pop-impresario artist in The Guardian as late as April 2000 that "he has always used drugs and drink as a way of isolating himself from banal experience and to bring him to something original or extraordinary in the moment that nobody else can see."
This latest effort by priest and hagiographer Holbock complements earlier dictionaries of saints.
The remaining selections are three brief texts: a book review article "Per mortem ad vitam" (1910) prompted by Heidegger's reading of Lies of Life and Truth of Life (1896) by the Danish poet and Catholic hagiographer Johannes Jorgensen (1866-1956); a letter from 1919 to Father Engelbert Krebs, Heidegger's longtime friend and a professor of theology at the University of Freiburg; and "The Problem of Categories" (1916), a supplementary concluding section to Heidegger's postdoctoral dissertation.
Though he is sympathetic with Abbey and advances some half-hearted apologies for the more outrageous manifestations of the writer's political incorrectness, Cahalan is no hagiographer. He sketches Abbey truthfully, with warts and wrinkles intact.