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H 276 x W 215 mm

860 pages

Published Dec 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology

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Hardback: 9781803270203

Digital: 9781803270210

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Keywords
Winchester; Middle Ages; Cult; Saint; Christianity; Hagiography; Liturgy; Latin; Old English; Middle English

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The Anglo-Saxon Minsters of Winchester 2

Winchester Studies 4.2

The Cult of St Swithun

By Michael Lapidge

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Following the translation of his relics from a conspicuous tomb into the Old Minster, Winchester, the massive rebuilding of the cathedral, and a vigorous publicity campaign by Bishop Aethelwold (963-84), St Swithun became one of the most popular and important English saints, whose cult was widespread in England, Ireland, Scandinavia, and France.

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About the Author

Michael Lapidge, FBA is a scholar in the field of Medieval Latin literature, particularly that composed in Anglo-Saxon England during the period 600–1100 AD; he is an emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and Fellow of the British Academy, and winner of the 2009 Sir Israel Gollancz Prize.

Reviews

This lavish and beautifully produced volume assembles, edits, translates and meticulously classifies the texts relating to the cult of Swithun … a monument to the erudition, both wide and deep, of its author … the product of 30 years’ work.Dr Catherine Cubitt, The Church Times (14 May 2004) ;

... a breathtaking achievement … the product of scholarship of the very highest order … self evidently so comprehensive, informative, authoritative, and instructive … also accessible and worthwhile. It will be a most distinguished addition to the Winchester Studies Series.Prof. Simon Keynes: pre-publication report (2001) ;

Nous n’avons qu’un regret … que ce volume [WS 4.ii], superbement édité dans les Winchester Studies, n’ait été publié dans nos Acta Sanctorum …Fr. Robert Godding SJ, Analecta Bollandiana (2004)