By Sarah Salih
The saints have been the superheroes and the celebs of medieval England, bridging the distance among heaven and earth, the dwelling and the useless. an unlimited physique of literature advanced in the course of the center a long time to make sure that every person, from kings to peasants, knew the tales of the lives, deaths and afterlives of the saints. besides the fact that, regardless of its reputation and ubiquity, the style of the Saint's existence has until eventually lately been little studied. This assortment introduces the canon of heart English hagiography; locations it within the context of the cults of saints; analyses key subject matters inside of hagiographic narrative, together with gender, energy, violence and background; and, eventually, indicates how hagiographic subject matters survived the Reformation. total it deals either info for these coming to the style for the 1st time, and issues ahead to new traits in study.
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2; Jacqueline Jenkins and Katherine J. Lewis, ‘Introduction’, St Katherine of Alexandria: Texts and Contexts in Western Medieval Europe, ed. Jenkins and Lewis (Turnhout: Brepols, 2003), pp. 1–18, p. 3. INTRODUCTION 23 making it possible for researchers from all over the world to view unique artworks, and enabling analysis of large bodies of data. Numerous attempts have been made to process materials for these purposes, but most remain as yet under development. The chapters of this collection largely read hagiography in ways which its medieval authors probably did not anticipate, and would not necessarily approve.
Following the Mass, the feast, or jantaculum, took place. 19 There was considerable opportunity for largesse to the local poor, again reinforcing the social and economic superiority of the Guild and its members. George was one of a small handful of saints whose cults were not suppressed in England by 15 Records of the Gild of St George, p. 17 16 Records of the Gild of St George, p. 67. 17 Alexander Barclay, The Life of St George, ed. William Nelson, EETS os 230 (London: Oxford University Press, 1955), p.
28 SAMANTHA RICHES This chapter is illustrated with a range of visual imagery created as an expression of the English cults of both George and Edmund, including works which were displayed in publicly accessible places, such as sculpture and wall painting, as well as images which would have been privately owned, such as manuscript illumination and pilgrim badges. We are also presented with a variety in monetary terms: pilgrim badges were sold very cheaply whilst illuminated manuscripts were the preserve of a financial elite.