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  • Published: 27 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9780753550656
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

The Private Lives of the Saints

Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England

Skulduggery, power struggles and politics. A fascinating re-examination of Anglo-Saxon England told through the secret lives of the saints.

Skulduggery, power struggles and politics, The Private Lives of the Saints offers an original and fascinating re-examination of life in Anglo-Saxon England. Taking them from their heavenly status to the human level, Oxford art historian and BBC presenter Dr Janina Ramirez explores the real lives of over a dozen seminal saints.

This landmark book provides a unique and captivating lens through which to explore the rich history of the Dark Ages.

  • Pub date: 27 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9780753550656
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Janina Ramirez

Dr Janina Ramirez is an Oxford lecturer, BBC broadcaster, researcher and author. Janina is the course director for the Undergraduate Certificate and Diploma in History of Art at the University of Oxford. She presents her ideas widely at conferences, public speaking and outreach events, and publishes her research in journals and magazines. She has presented and written over six BBC history documentaries and series, is a regular guest on the new BBC Four series ‘Quizeum’ and is currently working on a number of projects including a three-part series for Radio 4. She lives in Oxfordshire with her young family.

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Praise for The Private Lives of the Saints

“Those who were recast as saints achieved a superhuman status, their real lives often obscured by hagiographies rich with legends of miracle-working from beyond the grave. Janina Ramirez's book portrays them historically – as living, breathing personalities within the world they knew, the places we have inherited. Her enthusiasm and instinct for relevance should welcome a broad new audience to medieval Church history.”

Jonathan Foyle

“What a wonderful book this is. Like the interlace stonework on an Anglo-Saxon cross, Janina Ramirez's themes are interwoven with a consummate skill.”

Tom Holland

“Ramirez blasts a powerful spotlight into the so-called Dark Ages and reveals a vibrant world, awash with colour and character.”

Dan Snow

“A wonderful book”

Simon Schama

“Entertaining ... carefully composed”


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