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St Edmund, King and Martyr

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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 spawned a rich array of visual, literary, musical and political artefacts. Celebrated throughout England, especially at the abbey of Bury St Edmunds, it also inspired separate cults in France, Iceland and Italy.
The essays in this collection offer a range of readings from a variety of disciplines - literature, history, music, art history - and of sources - chronicles, poems, theological material - providing an overview of the multi-faceted nature of St Edmund's cult, from the ninth century to the early modern period. They demonstrate the openness and dynamism of a medieval saint's cult, showing how the saint's image could be used in many and changing contexts: Edmund's image was bent to various political and propagandistic ends, often articulating conflicting messages and ideals, negotiating identity, politics and belief.

CONTRIBUTORS: ANTHONY BALE, CARL PHELPSTEAD, ALISON FINLAY, PAUL ANTONY HAYWARD, LISA COLTON, REBECCA PINNER, A.S.G. EDWARDS, ALEXANDRA GILLESPIE

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The consistently high standard of the articles found here make this book a mandatory addition to the shelves of readers interested in St Edmund. However, its broad chronological and geographical range, together with its generous scope of enquiry, means that it deserves a wider readership. Anyone looking for thought-provoking approaches to the study of changing attitudes toward medieval cults, and how these attitudes were materially reflected, should also be encouraged to take a look. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

Details

First Published: 20 Aug 2009
13 Digit ISBN: 9781903153260
Pages: 214
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: York Medieval Press
Series: York Medieval Press
Subject: Medieval History
BIC Class: HBLC1

Details updated on 30 Sep 2014

Contents

  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  King, Martyr and Virgin: Imitatio Christi in Ælfric's Life of St Edmund
  • 3  Chronology, Genealogy and Conversion: the Afterlife of St Edmund in the North
  • 4  Geoffrey of Wells' Liber de infantia sancti Edmundi and the 'Anarchy' of King Stephen's Reign
  • 5  Music and Identity in Medieval Bury St Edmunds
  • 6  Medieval Images of St Edmund in Norfolk Churches
  • 7  John Lydgate's Lives of Ss Edmund and Fremund: Politics, Hagiography and Literature
  • 8  St Edmund in Fifteenth-Century London: The Lydgatian Miracles of St Edmund
  • 9  The Later Lives of St Edmund: John Lydgate to John Stow
  • 10  Select Bibliography