What emerges are well-authenticated portraits of Martin and
Sulpicius with a number of other important figures, such as Jerome
and Priscillian, in the background. The setting is as interesting
as the protagonists. Stancliffe provides clear perspectives on the
nature of literary compostition in the late classical period, the
rise of western monasticism, the church's triumph over paganism,
and the mentalité of Sulpicius and his contemporaries. This book
must now rank as the foremost comprehensive study of St. Martin. It
should also have a wider appeal as a model for the general practice
of medieval studies.
*Peter Brown, Speculum*
Her perceptive, critical and discriminating approach to the narratives leaves us, finally, with a Martin who made a powerful impact on his hagiographer ... This rigorous and perceptive study study of Martin and Sulpicius has illuminated the crisis of conscience through which their society was passing.
*R. A. Markus, Times Literary Supplement*
This major book remains indispensible for all specialists in hagiography.
*Jacques Fontaine, edition of Sulpice Sévère: Gallus [translation]*