By Mechthild Gretsch
The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is exclusive between modern eu literatures in that it incorporates a colossal quantity of saints' lives within the vernacular. This examine analyzes crucial 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 obtained Latin hagiography in order that each one in their lives conveys a different message to the modern political elite in addition to to a lay viewers at huge.
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27 As a further testimony to Theodore’s interest in Gregory one might mention the Leiden Glossary. This manuscript (now Leiden, Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit, Voss. lat. Q. 69, 20r–36r), written at St Gallen c. 28 The Leiden Glossary contains batches of glosses on Gregory’s Dialogi and Regula pastoralis. 29 This interest in hagiography is confirmed by further batches of glosses on saints’ Lives: there are two batches on the Vita S. Martini by Sulpicius 27 28 29 The litanies in Galba A. xviii and Royal 2.
Ch. 5 (p. 80), ch. 27 (p. 122) and ch. 30 (p. 134). : ‘quando omnes apostoli, suas secum prouincias ducentes Domino in die iudicii ostendent, atque singuli gentium doctores, nos ille, id est gentem Anglorum, . . per se gratia Dei credimus edoctam adducere’: ‘when all the Apostles bring their own peoples with them and each individual teacher brings his own race to present them to the Lord in the Day of Judgment, he will bring us – that is, the English people – instructed by him through God’s grace’, Whitby Life, ed.
2 and 3. Cf. , p. 151. See Deshman, Benedictional, pp. , pp. 146 and 257–60. 78 It will be necessary, therefore, in our search for the fontes for Ælfric’s great cycles of homilies and saints’ Lives to move beyond the written word and consider the shaping influences on these cycles of great works of art, produced in honour of God and his saints, such as the Benedictional of Æthelwold. Ælfric, who took great pride in being a Winchester alumnus, and who through all his life felt a deep veneration for his master Æthelwold, will no doubt have had an intimate acquaintance with Æthelwold’s most lavish book.