The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia / Rebecca Pinner
- Pinner, Rebecca
- Additional Titles:
- Cult of Saint Edmund in Medieval East Anglia
- Woodbridge : The Boydell Press, 2015.
- Physical Description:
- ix, 276 pages, iv pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
- Machine generated contents note: pt. I Texts and contexts: the legend of St Edmund -- ch. 1 The emergence of the hagiographic tradition: Abbo of Fleury, Passio Sancti Eadmundi -- ch. 2 De Miraculis Sancti Eadmundi: Herman, Osbert and Samson -- ch. 3 Vita et miracula -- ch. 4 The elaboration of the hagiographic tradition -- ch. 5 The final flourish of the textual cult: John Lydgate, The Lives of Sts Edmund and Fremund -- pt. II Relics, shrines and pilgrimage: encountering St Edmund at Bury -- ch. 6 Sacred immanence, the incorrupted body and the shrine of St Edmund -- ch. 7 The devotional and iconographical context of the shrine -- pt. III Beyond Bury: dissemination and appropriation -- ch. 8 Writing St Edmund into the East Anglian landscape -- ch. 9 Miracles beyond Bury -- ch. 10 Images of St Edmund -- ch. 11 Texts beyond Bury: legendary collections.
- St Edmund, king and martyr, supposedly killed by Danes (or "Vikings") in 869, was one of the pre-eminent saints of the middle ages; his cult was favoured and patronised by several English kings, and gave rise to a rich array of visual, literary, musical and political artefacts. This study explores the development of devotion to St Edmund, from its first flourishing in the ninth century to the eve of the Reformation. It explores a series of key questions: how, why and when did the cult develop? Who was responsible for its promotion and dissemination? To which groups and individuals did St Edmund appeal? How did this evolve over time? Using as evidence a range of textual and visual treasures from the Anglo-Saxon king's erstwhile kingdom and later cultic heartland, Norfolk and Suffolk, the study draws on sources and approaches from a variety of disciplines (literature, art history, social history and anthropology) to elucidate the social, cultural and political dynamics of cult construction.
- 9781783270354 (alk. paper)
1783270357 (alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-273) and index.
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