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By Mechthild Gretsch

ISBN-10: 0521093074

ISBN-13: 9780521093071

ISBN-10: 0521855411

ISBN-13: 9780521855419

The cult of saints was once probably the most very important facets of lifestyles within the heart a long time, and it usually shaped the nucleus of constructing staff identities in a city, a province or a rustic. The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is exclusive between modern ecu literatures in that it contains a gigantic quantity of saints' Lives within the vernacular. of those Lives, Ælfric is crucial writer, and his saints' Lives have by no means formerly been explored of their modern atmosphere. during this examine, Gretsch analyses Ælfric's Lives of 5 vital saints within the gentle in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England. this offers the reader interesting glimpses of 'Ælfric at work': he adapts the cults and rewrites the acquired Latin hagiography of the 5 saints, with the outcome that every in their English Lives conveys a special message to the modern political elite and to a lay viewers at large.

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