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Saints of North-East England, 600-1500

M. Coombe, A. E. Mouron, C. Whitehead (eds.)
approx. 385 p., 19 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-56715-0
Languages: English
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A collection of essays on saints from the North of England, from 600-1500.

During the seventh and early eighth centuries a number of influential saints’ cults were established within the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, most notably the cult of St Cuthbert served by the monks of Lindisfarne. Reacting to the Danish incursions of the ninth century, the Lindisfarne community gradually migrated south to Durham, where, in the early eleventh century, the relics of further Northumbrian saints were collected to join those of Cuthbert. Following the re-foundation of the Durham church as a Benedictine house in 1083, the community sought to legitimise itself by stressing its links with an ancient, saintly past. A century later, the cults of new hermit saints such as Godric of Finchale and Bartholomew of Farne, extensively modelled on St Cuthbert’s example, were added to the north-eastern Durham familia.

This volume takes an interdisciplinary approach to these north-eastern saints, offering a comprehensive snapshot of new scholarship within the field. The first section focuses on the most eminent saints and hagiographers of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria: Cuthbert, Wilfrid and Bede. The second section examines their utility for the twelfth-century, Anglo-Norman community at Durham, and surveys the cults which emerged alongside, including the early saint-bishops of Hexham Augustinian priory. The third section reviews the material culture which developed around these saints in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries: their depiction in stained glass, their pilgrimages and processions, and the use of their banners in the Anglo-Scottish wars. A concluding essay re-evaluates the north-eastern cult of saints from post-Reformation perspectives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations

List of Contributors

Introduction

MARGARET COOMBE AND CHRISTIANIA WHITEHEAD

PART ONE: ANGLO-SAXON NORTHUMBRIA

Bede’s Northern Saints

SARAH FOOT

The Saint in His Setting. The Physical Environment of Shrines in Northern Britain before 850

ALAN T. THACKER

Cuthbert and Boisil: Irish Influence in Northumbria

SARAH MCCANN

Exiles and the Exilic Experience in Stephen of Ripon’s Vita Sancti Wilfridi

Appendix

ALICE HICKLIN

St Cuthbert and the South: A North of England Saint and South  of England Reformers in the Late Tenth and Early Eleventh Centuries

ALISON HUDSON

PART TWO: THE LONG TWELFTH CENTURY

Measuring Time and Topography in the Cult of Saint Cuthbert at Durham

DOMINIC MARNER

‘Æðele Geferes’: Northern Saints in a Durham Manuscript

Appendix

HELEN APPLETON

The Hexham Bishop-Saints: Cults, History, and Power

DAVID ROLLASON

Godric and the Wild Man: The Resonances of Asceticism in  Reginald of Durham’s Vita of St Godric of Finchale

DOMINIC ALEXANDER

What a Performance: The Songs of St Godric of Finchale

MARGARET COOMBE

PART THREE: VISUAL AND MATERIAL CULTURE

Banners of the Northern Saints

RICHARD SHARPE

Sacred Journeys / Sacred Spaces: The Cult of St Cuthbert

ALLAN DOIG

Northern Saints and the Painted Glass of Durham Cathedral  in the Later Middle Ages

LYNDA ROLLASON

POSTSCRIPT

Contested Reputations: Attitudes to Some Northern Saints after the Reformation

MARGARET HARVEY

Index

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian devotion & forms of religious expression
Hagiographical writings & the cult of saints
Devotional literature (general)
Christian Church : religious orders
Christian Church : Institutional History
Western Church (general)
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Medieval art history
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Political & institutional history
Religious history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : auxiliary sciences
Archaeology
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles

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