St Edmund, King and Martyr

St Edmund, King and Martyr

Changing Images of a Medieval Saint

Edited by Anthony Bale

Hardback
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York Medieval Press

Overview

Overview

The cult of St Edmund was one of the most important in medieval England, and further afield, as the pieces here show.
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 spawned a rich array of visual, literary, musical and political artefacts. Celebrated throughout England, especially at the abbey of Bury St Edmunds, it also inspired separate cults in France, Iceland and Italy.
The essays in this collection offer a range of readings from a variety of disciplines - literature, history, music, art history - and of sources - chronicles, poems, theological material - providing an overview of the multi-faceted nature of St Edmund's cult, from the ninth century to the early modern period. They demonstrate the openness and dynamism of a medieval saint's cult, showing how the saint's image could be used in many and changing contexts: Edmund's image was bent to various political and propagandistic ends, often articulating conflicting messages and ideals, negotiating identity, politics and belief.

CONTRIBUTORS: ANTHONY BALE, CARL PHELPSTEAD, ALISON FINLAY, PAUL ANTONY HAYWARD, LISA COLTON, REBECCA PINNER, A.S.G. EDWARDS, ALEXANDRA GILLESPIE

Details

August 2009
2 black and white illustrations
214 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781903153260
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
York Medieval Press
BIC DSBB, 1DBKEA, 2AB, 3H
BISAC HIS037010
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Anthony Bale
King, Martyr and Virgin: Imitatio Christi in Ælfric's Life of St Edmund - Carl Phelpstead
Chronology, Genealogy and Conversion: the Afterlife of St Edmund in the North - Alison Finlay
Geoffrey of Wells' Liber de infantia sancti Edmundi and the 'Anarchy' of King Stephen's Reign - Paul Hayward
Music and Identity in Medieval Bury St Edmunds - Lisa Colton
Medieval Images of St Edmund in Norfolk Churches - Rebecca Pinner
John Lydgate's Lives of Ss Edmund and Fremund: Politics, Hagiography and Literature - A S G Edwards
St Edmund in Fifteenth-Century London: The Lydgatian Miracles of St Edmund - Anthony Bale
The Later Lives of St Edmund: John Lydgate to John Stow - Alexandra Gillespie
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Reviews

The consistently high standard of the articles found here make this book a mandatory addition to the shelves of readers interested in St Edmund. However, its broad chronological and geographical range, together with its generous scope of enquiry, means that it deserves a wider readership. Anyone looking for thought-provoking approaches to the study of changing attitudes toward medieval cults, and how these attitudes were materially reflected, should also be encouraged to take a look. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW