Aelfric and the Cult of Saints in Late Anglo-Saxon England (Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England) pdf epub fb2

Aelfric and the Cult of Saints in Late Anglo-Saxon England (Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England) by Mechthild Gretsch pdf epub fb2

Aelfric and the Cult of Saints in Late Anglo-Saxon England (Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England) Author: Mechthild Gretsch
Title: Aelfric and the Cult of Saints in Late Anglo-Saxon England (Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England)
ISBN: 0521855411
ISBN13: 978-0521855419
Other Formats: lrf azw txt rtf
Pages: 276 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 20, 2006)
Language: English
Category: Literature & Fiction
Size PDF version: 1426 kb
Size EPUB version: 1538 kb
Subcategory: History & Criticism




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.