New PDF release: Aelfric and the Cult of Saints in Late Anglo-Saxon England

By Mechthild Gretsch

The cult of saints was once essentially the most very important facets of existence within the center a long time, and it usually 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 incorporates a monstrous 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 environment. during this learn, Gretsch analyses Ælfric's Lives of 5 very important saints within the gentle in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England. this provides the reader interesting glimpses of 'Ælfric at work': he adapts the cults and rewrites the got 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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