TitleMoving Saints, I: Local and Trans-Local Religious Devotion in Britain and France
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
OrganiserMatthias A. Bryson, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Moderator/ChairLinda Eichenberger, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Paper 1529-a Lincolnshire as the New Jerusalem: Trans-Locating Sanctity in Old English Hagiographic Poetry
(Language: English)
Tom Revell, Faculty of English / Balliol College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Hagiography; Language and Literature - Old English; Literacy and Orality
Paper 1529-b Benedict's New Friends: The Treatment of Breton Relics at Fleury in the 10th-11th Centuries
(Language: English)
James Drysdale Miller, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Hagiography; Language and Literature - Latin; Monasticism
Paper 1529-c Re-Writing Locality in the 15th-Century Liturgical Offices of St Winefride
(Language: English)
Matthias A. Bryson, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index Terms: Hagiography; Lay Piety; Liturgy; Religious Life
AbstractThis is the first of two sessions on the movement of saints' cults. Both sessions expand the discussion of religious movement beyond pilgrimage to examine how people localised saints' cults in new environments while maintaining connections to their place and time of origin. This session explores how local saints' cults in Britain and France crossed various types of borders to interact with surrounding religious practices. The first paper analyses the conceptual connections Old English poetry created between St Guthlac and past saints and between Lincolnshire and the Mediterranean; the second the role of exile in the relocation and reinterpretation of Breton saints in a French monastery; and the third the internal movement of St Winefride's cult within a single society, as her liturgical office was adopted and localised in the ritualised liturgy of English parishes.