By Mechthild Gretsch
The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is exclusive between modern eu literatures in that it incorporates a monstrous volume of saints' lives within the vernacular. This learn analyzes an important writer Aelfric's lives of 5 very important saints within the gentle in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England, delivering the reader attention-grabbing glimpses of 'Aelfric at work'. He adapts the cults and rewrites the bought Latin hagiography in order that every one in their lives conveys a special message to the modern political elite in addition to to a lay viewers at huge.
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Lfric and the Cult of Saints fragmentary form in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 162, p. 69 Ælfric, however, does not include Augustine among his additions to the Benedictional’s saints, but prefers to incorporate what information he provides concerning St Augustine’s missionary activities in his account of St Gregory. Ælfric’s virtual omission of Augustine not only has a parallel in the Benedictional: it also brings to mind the lengthy preface to Æthelwold’s translation of the Regula S. 70 Another group of saints is formed by SS Æthelthryth and Swithun.
In addition to these two ‘classics’ of hagiography, the Leiden Glossary contains a batch of glosses on the anonymous Vita S. Eugeniae (no. xlii). In other words, there seems to have been a keen interest in hagiography in the Canterbury school of Theodore and Hadrian, and saints’ Lives were read there and expounded by these Mediterranean masters, as were two of the principal works of Gregory the Great. Nevertheless, given the scarcity of unambiguous evidence, the assumption that it was indeed Archbishop Theodore who instituted the cult of Gregory as the first saints’ cult to be celebrated by the entire English church must remain a hypothesis.
Vi). Gregory is absent only from six of the forty-six manuscripts ptd by Lapidge. As in Lapidge, Litanies, no. , p. 63. For the development of the cult of St Augustine in AngloSaxon England, see also A. Thacker, ‘In Gregory’s Shadow? The Pre-Conquest Cult of St Augustine’, in St Augustine and the Conversion of England, ed. R. Gameson (Stroud, 1999), pp. 374–90; for the tenth and eleventh centuries, see esp. 384–6. The letter is ptd Tangl, Die Briefe des heiligen Bonifatius und Lullus, pp. 161–71 (no.