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Title: Aelfric and the Cult of Saints in Late Anglo-Saxon England
Author: Gretsch, Mechthild
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521855419
Volumes: 1; Pages: 276
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The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is unique among contemporary European literatures in that it features a vast amount of saints' lives in the vernacular. This study analyzes the most important author Aelfric's lives of five important saints in the light of their cults in Anglo-Saxon England, providing the reader fascinating glimpses of 'Aelfric at work'. He adapts the cults and rewrites the received Latin hagiography so that each of their lives conveys a distinct message to the contemporary political elite as well as to a lay audience at large.Contents1. Aelfric's Sanctorale and the Benedictional of Aethelwold2. Gregory: the Apostle of the English3. Cuthbert: from Northumbrian Saint to Saint of All England4. Benedict: Father of Monks--and what else?5. Swithun and Aethelthryth: Two 'Saints of our Days'6. Epilogue.