By Sarah Salih
The saints have been the superheroes and the celebs of medieval England, bridging the distance among heaven and earth, the dwelling and the useless. an enormous physique of literature developed in the course of the center a while to make sure that each person, from kings to peasants, knew the tales of the lives, deaths and afterlives of the saints. although, regardless of its reputation and ubiquity, the style of the Saint's existence has till lately been little studied. This assortment introduces the canon of center English hagiography; locations it within the context of the cults of saints; analyses key issues inside of hagiographic narrative, together with gender, energy, violence and background; and, eventually, indicates how hagiographic issues survived the Reformation. total it deals either details for these coming to the style for the 1st time, and issues ahead to new traits in learn.
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2; Jacqueline Jenkins and Katherine J. Lewis, ‘Introduction’, St Katherine of Alexandria: Texts and Contexts in Western Medieval Europe, ed. Jenkins and Lewis (Turnhout: Brepols, 2003), pp. 1–18, p. 3. INTRODUCTION 23 making it possible for researchers from all over the world to view unique artworks, and enabling analysis of large bodies of data. Numerous attempts have been made to process materials for these purposes, but most remain as yet under development. The chapters of this collection largely read hagiography in ways which its medieval authors probably did not anticipate, and would not necessarily approve.
On Offa’s death Edmund travelled to his new kingdom, making landfall at a place named as Maydenebure – the Maiden’s Bower, an apparent reference to the Virgin Mary. 31 This naming of the place where Edmund is reputed to have landed seems to indicate a desire to underline his sanctity by linking him directly with the Virgin Mary, but it possibly also acts as a reference to his own physical chastity. At the conclusion of Abbo’s hagiography of Edmund there is a reference to the incorruption of Edmund’s flesh as evidence of his virginal purity, and other writers also comment on this aspect of his life.
36 However, despite this level of veneration, the saint could not to be relied upon to help even a royal devotee in any circumstance. When Richard was being held captive and treasures were being collected throughout England for ransom, the Abbot of Bury refused to despoil Edmund’s shrine for fear of the wrath of the saint. Edmund had already given ample evidence of his displeasure against those who were less than respectful to his remains, so the abbot may have had just cause. When Egelwin took the body to London he was inhospitably received by a priest in Essex, whose house then burned down.
A Companion to Middle English Hagiography by Sarah Salih