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 immense volume of saints' lives within the vernacular. This examine analyzes an important writer Aelfric's lives of 5 vital saints within the mild in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England, delivering the reader interesting glimpses of 'Aelfric at work'. He adapts the cults and rewrites the acquired Latin hagiography in order that every one in their lives conveys a special message to the modern political elite in addition to to a lay viewers at huge.

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Skeat I, 194–218 (nos. viii and ix). For Aldhelm’s possible influence on Ælfric’s arrangement, see also above, p. 9, n. 39. For the manuscripts, see Gneuss, Hymnar und Hymnen im englischen Mittelalter, pp. 85–90 and 108–9, and Milfull, Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, pp. 27–41 and 47–9. See Gneuss, Hymnar und Hymnen, table II, p. , p. 240, and Milfull, Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, pp. 375–6; the hymns in question are nos. 2 in the numbering of Gneuss and Milfull. For the broad distinction between a Winchester (–Worcester) and Canterbury type of hymnal, see Gneuss, Hymnar, pp.

7–60). For two recent book-length studies, covering all important aspects of Gregory’s life and thought-world, see Straw, Gregory the Great: Perfection in Imperfection, and Markus, Gregory the Great and his World. The Whitby Life is ed. and trans. Colgrave, The Earliest Life of Gregory the Great by an Anonymous Monk of Whitby. , pp. 47–9. , ch. 5 (p. 80), ch. 27 (p. 122) and ch. 30 (p. 134). : ‘quando omnes apostoli, suas secum prouincias ducentes Domino in die iudicii ostendent, atque singuli gentium doctores, nos ille, id est gentem Anglorum, .

Ehwald, p. 293. 12 Therefore, when Ælfric, in the second sentence of his Life, says about Gregory: He is rihtlice Engliscre ð eode apostol, forð an ð e he þurh his ræd and sande us fram deofles biggengum ætbræd and to Godes geleafan gebigde13 he will have been aware that – in spite of the clear verbal echoes – he was not only reiterating Bede, one of his principal sources. 14 His Winchester training will no doubt have guaranteed a thorough knowledge of Aldhelm, the most prominent curriculum author in 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Cf.

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