A Companion to Middle English Hagiography by Sarah Salih PDF

By Sarah Salih

ISBN-10: 1843840723

ISBN-13: 9781843840725

The saints have been the superheroes and the stars of medieval England, bridging the distance among heaven and earth, the residing and the lifeless. an enormous physique of literature developed throughout the heart a long time to make sure that each person, from kings to peasants, knew the tales of the lives, deaths and afterlives of the saints. despite the fact that, regardless of its reputation and ubiquity, the style of the Saint's lifestyles has till lately been little studied. This assortment introduces the canon of heart English hagiography; locations it within the context of the cults of saints; analyses key subject matters inside of hagiographic narrative, together with gender, strength, violence and heritage; and, ultimately, exhibits how hagiographic topics survived the Reformation. total it bargains either details for these coming to the style for the 1st time, and issues ahead to new developments in examine.

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No. 284. HAGIOGRAPHY IN CONTEXT 31 Figure 2. St George and the Dragon, late-fifteenth-century polychromed wooden sculpture. Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry. Photograph: Dr Jenny Alexander the east end, below the high altar. It is not known if the chapel and altar belonged exclusively to the Guild, but Mass was said here daily by the Guild priest. A bell in the cathedral, known as St George’s bell, tolled for the use of the Guild. The inventories of the Guild tell us that it had its own Mass vestments, also chapel and altar furniture.

Modern editions are often compiled and translated from a number of variant sources, so that what may appear to be the ‘true’, ‘real’ or ‘only’ version of a text is often little more than a compromise between conflicting versions, rendered into contemporary language with inevitable loss of nuance. Increasingly, editions of lives of the saints are becoming available on the internet, and this is a welcome development in terms of ease of access. However, many of the same caveats apply: these versions are often merely transcriptions of printed editions (sometimes simply scanned and digitised, with the result that typographical errors often creep in), so the reader still needs to make a conscious effort to develop awareness of the ways in which the text would have originally been used.

33 It is reasonably certain that a Viking army engaged with the East Anglians near Thetford (Norfolk) in 869, after which Edmund was killed, but the hagiographic accounts make little reference to the battle and instead maintain that he was captured at a place usually identified as Hoxne (Suffolk) and taken to a nearby wood. The Vikings demanded part of his kingdom, something that hagiographers present him as willing to give up if his enemies would convert to Christianity, but he absolutely refused to abjure his own faith.

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