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

By Mechthild Gretsch

The cult of saints was once essentially the most very important facets of lifestyles within the center a long time, and it frequently shaped the nucleus of constructing crew identities in a city, a province or a rustic. The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is exclusive between modern eu literatures in that it encompasses a massive quantity of saints' Lives within the vernacular. of those Lives, Ælfric is crucial writer, and his saints' Lives have by no means formerly been explored of their modern atmosphere. during this research, Gretsch analyses Ælfric's Lives of 5 very important saints within the mild in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England. this offers the reader interesting glimpses of 'Ælfric at work': he adapts the cults and rewrites the bought Latin hagiography of the 5 saints, with the end result that every in their English Lives conveys a special message to the modern political elite and to a lay viewers at large.

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