The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia
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292 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

4 colour. 8 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia

by Rebecca Pinner

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An investigation of the growth and influence of the cult of St Edmund, and how it manifested itself in medieval material culture.
Longlisted for the Katharine Briggs Award 2016

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 gave rise to a rich array of visual, literary, musical and political artefacts.
This study explores the development of devotion to St Edmund, from its first flourishing in the ninth century to the eveof the Reformation. It explores a series of key questions: how, why and when did the cult develop? Who was responsible for its promotion and dissemination? To which groups and individuals did St Edmund appeal? How did this evolveover time? Using as evidence a range of textual and visual treasures from the Anglo-Saxon king's erstwhile kingdom and later cultic heartland, Norfolk and Suffolk, the study draws on sources and approaches from a variety of disciplines (literature, art history, social history and anthropology) to elucidate the social, cultural and political dynamics of cult construction.

Dr REBECCA PINNER is a Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature atthe University of East Anglia.
"A first-rate example of interdisciplinary historical scholarship, drawing on art history, literary criticism, archaeology, social history, and even anthropology to illuminate a saint's cult whose significance is finally being recognized. The book transcends the usual divide between textual and material studies that can impede medieval historians.... essential reading for anyone interested in the development of saints' cults and royal and national self-construction in medieval Europe." FOLKLORE
"Longlisted for the Katharine Briggs Award 2016" .
"A mixture of elegant prose and beautiful illustrations...provides historians with valuable insights into the cult of St Edmund, king and martyr." LOCAL HISTORIAN
"Pinner's book achieves the difficult feat of drawing together different kinds of evidence and strands of narrative associated with St. Edmund into one cohesive whole, which makes for a lively, engaging, and thought-provoking read." CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW
"[A] full hagiological study of a saint and his cult among the people of a whole region over four centuries." THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW
"Very readable. A classic study of a medieval cult." THE RICARDIAN
"Recommended." CHOICE

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Title Details

292 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

4 colour. 8 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press