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

By Mechthild Gretsch

The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is exclusive between modern eu literatures in that it includes a mammoth volume of saints' lives within the vernacular. This examine analyzes crucial writer Aelfric's lives of 5 vital saints within the mild in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England, offering the reader interesting glimpses of 'Aelfric at work'. He adapts the cults and rewrites the obtained Latin hagiography in order that every one in their lives conveys a unique message to the modern political elite in addition to to a lay viewers at huge.

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The acts are ptd Haddan and Stubbs, Councils and Ecclesiastical Documents III, 362–76 (the text is taken from the edition by H. Spelman, Concilia, decreta, leges, constitutiones, in re ecclesiarum orbis Britannici I (London, 1639)). For the most recent account of the council, see C. Cubitt, Anglo-Saxon Church Councils c. 650–c. 850 (London, 1995), pp. , pp. 99–101; for a synopsis, see also Keynes, ‘Otho A. i’, pp. 136–7. See Haddan and Stubbs, Councils and Ecclesiastical Documents III, 368. 65 It is not so easy to check the implementation of the stipulations of Clofesho with regard to St Augustine.

For kings Edwin and Oswiu, see Holdsworth in Blackwell Encyclopaedia, pp. , p. 359. 25 Ælfric and the Cult of Saints been suggested that material for the cult of Gregory was imported from Rome by way of English pilgrims or travellers. 25 As with many of the activities linked with Theodore, certainty is not attainable, but Thacker’s arguments carry weight. Briefly, they concern Theodore’s apparently close links with Whitby through the Whitby alumni Oftfor of Worcester and John of Beverley, who subsequently became his students, and through Abbess Ælfflæd, Hild’s successor, who, perhaps, commissioned the Whitby Life.

116). See CH II, ed. Godden, p. 73. (Note that – for reasons of clarity – in quotations from CH I and II, I have edited throughout the text quoted, by providing capitalization and punctuation in accordance with the usual practice in editions of Old English texts. ’ See below, pp. 29–33 and 61–3. 16 With regard to Ælfric’s knowledge of the hymn for St Gregory’s feast day, we have to note that this hymn is preserved in two manuscripts only: Durham, Cathedral Library, B. III. 32, an eleventh-century (s.

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