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    St Edmund, King and Martyr: changing images of a medieval Saint

    Bale, Anthony, ed. (2009) St Edmund, King and Martyr: changing images of a medieval Saint. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 9781903153260.

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    St Edmund, king and martyr, supposedly killed by Danes [or `Vikings'] in 869, was one of the pre-eminent saints of the middle ages; his cult was favoured and patronised by several English kings and spawned a rich array of visual, literary, musical and political artefacts. Celebrated throughout England, especially at the abbey of Bury St Edmunds, it also inspired separate cults in France, Iceland and Italy. The essays in this collection offer a range of readings from a variety of disciplines - literature, history, music, art history - and of sources - chronicles, poems, theological material - providing an overview of the multi-faceted nature of St Edmund's cult, from the ninth century to the early modern period. They demonstrate the openness and dynamism of a medieval saint's cult, showing how the saint's image could be used in many and changing contexts: Edmund's image was bent to various political and propagandistic ends, often articulating conflicting messages and ideals, negotiating identity,politics and belief.


    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 09:04
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:29


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