Title: Anglo-Saxon Saints' Lives as History Writing...
Publisher: D. S. Brewer
Book Condition: New
A groundbreaking assessment of the use medieval English history-writers made of saints' lives. Num Pages: 260 pages, 2 black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DBKE; 2AB; 3H; DSBB; HBAH. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 243 x 162 x 23. Weight in Grams: 756. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781843844020
Synopsis: The past was ever present in later medieval England, as secular and religious institutions worked to recover (or create) originary narratives that could guarantee, they hoped, their political and spiritual legitimacy. Anglo-Saxon England, in particular, was imagined as a spiritual "golden age" and a rich source of precedent, for kings and for the monasteries that housed early English saints' remains. This book examines the vernacular hagiography produced in a monastic context, demonstrating how writers, illuminators, and policy-makers used English saints (including St Edmund) to re-envision the bonds between ancient spiritual purity and contemporary conditions. Treating history and ethical practice as inseparable, poets such as Osbern Bokenham, Henry Bradshaw, and John Lydgate reconfigured England's history through its saints, engaging with contemporary concerns about institutional identity, authority, and ethics. Cynthia Turner Camp is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Georgia.
About the Author: Assistant Professor of English, University of Georgia
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