Aelfric and the Cult of Saints in Late Anglo-Saxon England

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Cambridge University Press, 2006 M01 19
The cult of saints was one of the most important aspects of life in the Middle Ages, and it often formed the nucleus of developing group identities in a town, a province or a country. The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is unique among contemporary European literatures in that it features a vast amount of saints' Lives in the vernacular. Of these Lives, Ælfric is the most important author, and his saints' Lives have never previously been explored in their contemporary setting. In this study, Gretsch analyses Ælfric's Lives of five important saints in the light of their cults in Anglo-Saxon England. This gives the reader fascinating glimpses of 'Ælfric at work': he adapts the cults and rewrites the received Latin hagiography of the five saints, with the result that each of their English Lives conveys a distinct message to the contemporary political elite and to a lay audience at large.
 

Contents

Section 1
21
Section 2
25
Section 3
28
Section 4
32
Section 5
42
Section 6
46
Section 7
49
Section 8
51
Section 25
133
Section 26
136
Section 27
151
Section 28
155
Section 29
157
Section 30
162
Section 31
164
Section 32
169

Section 9
60
Section 10
62
Section 11
63
Section 12
65
Section 13
69
Section 14
75
Section 15
76
Section 16
80
Section 17
85
Section 18
88
Section 19
95
Section 20
101
Section 21
107
Section 22
110
Section 23
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Section 24
127
Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
180
Section 37
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Section 38
184
Section 39
192
Section 40
197
Section 41
198
Section 42
211
Section 43
218
Section 44
219
Section 45
221
Section 46
223
Section 47
232
Section 48
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Page 11 - A Testimonie of Antiquitie, shewing the auncient fayth in the Church of England touching the Sacrament of the body and bloude of the Lord, here publikely preached, and also receaued in the Saxons' tyme, aboue 600 yeares agoe. Imprinted at London by John Day, dwelling ouer Aldersgate beneath S.

About the author (2006)

Mechthild Gretsch is Professor in the Department of English at Gottingen University. Her previous books include The Intellectual Foundations of the English Benedictine Reform (also in the Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England series, 1999), and she has published articles in various English and German journals, including Anglo-Saxon England.

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