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

By Mechthild Gretsch

The cult of saints used to be probably the most vital features of lifestyles within the center a long time, and it frequently shaped the nucleus of constructing staff identities in a city, a province or a rustic. The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is exclusive between modern ecu literatures in that it contains a large quantity of saints' Lives within the vernacular. of those Lives, Ælfric is an important writer, and his saints' Lives have by no means formerly been explored of their modern environment. during this learn, Gretsch analyses Ælfric's Lives of 5 very important saints within the gentle in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England. this offers the reader attention-grabbing glimpses of 'Ælfric at work': he adapts the cults and rewrites the obtained Latin hagiography of the 5 saints, with the outcome that every in their English Lives conveys a unique message to the modern political elite and to a lay viewers at large.

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