The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia

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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 gave rise to a rich array of visual, literary, musical and political artefacts.

This study explores the development of devotion to St Edmund, from its first flourishing in the ninth century to the eve of the Reformation. It explores a series of key questions: how, why and when did the cult develop? Who was responsible for its promotion and dissemination? To which groups and individuals did St Edmund appeal? How did this evolve over time? Using as evidence a range of textual and visual treasures from the Anglo-Saxon king's erstwhile kingdom and later cultic heartland, Norfolk and Suffolk, the study draws on sources and approaches from a variety of disciplines (literature, art history, social history and anthropology) to elucidate the social, cultural and political dynamics of cult construction.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWoodbridge
PublisherBoydell and Brewer
Number of pages292
ISBN (Print)9781783270354
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2015


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  • St Edmund, Hagiography, Cult of saints, Iconography, Medieval, Middle Ages, Middle English, John Lydgate, East Anglia, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds, Wolf

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