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The life and after-life of St. John of Beverley : the evolution of the cult of an Anglo-Saxon saint /
Susan E. Wilson.
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Aldershot, England : Ashgate, c2006.
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246 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0754653269 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Aldershot, England : Ashgate, c2006.
isbn
0754653269 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5658205
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-240) and index.
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In this study the author examines the medieval cult which developed around St John of Beverley, Bishop of Hexham and, latterly, Bishop of York in the late seventh and early eighth centuries.
Long Description
This represents the first study devoted to the life and after-life of St John of Beverley. John was bishop of Hexham and then York, after which he retired to his own monastery in Beverley and was buried there in 721. His cult was quickly established and spread to attract pilgrims from all over the British Isles, and even Europe. It was also established in Brittany by the tenth century, especially in the town of Saint-Jean-Brévelay, which is named after him. The great economic wealth of Beverley in the Middle Ages was largely due to it being a major ecclesiastical centre focused around John's relics. His reputation as a powerful saint was harnessed not only to protect Beverley and the surrounding areas and to give succour to pilgrims to his shrine, but also to further the ambitions of successive kings of England to the extent that Henry V raised him to the status of a patron saint of England following the battle of Agincourt, which was fought on the feast day of St John's translation. The hagiographic works on John extend over nearly six hundred years from that written by Bede c. 731, the Vita Sancti Johannis composed by a monk called Folcard c. 1066, then four separate collections of post-mortem miracle stories of the eleventh-thirteenth centuries, and a number of miracles recorded in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This span is greater even than the hagiography relating to St Benedict, which had been believed to cover more years than any other collection in Europe. Dr Wilson uses these sources as a unique opportunity to examine the ways in which an Anglo-Saxon saint was promoted over a long period of time by different hagiographers, and how the saint was continually re-created in the image which the hagiographers or his community required, depending on their current needs and perceptions. The volume also includes new English translations of the Life and the miracle stories.
Main Description
This represents the first study devoted to the life and after-life of St John of Beverley. The hagiographic works on John extend over nearly six hundred years from the 8th to the 15th centuries. Wilson uses these sources as a unique opportunity to examine the ways in which an Anglo-Saxon saint was promoted over a long period of time and was continually re-created in the image which the hagiographers or community required, depending on their current needs and perceptions. The volume also includes the first English translations of the Life and the miracle stories.
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This represents the first study devoted to the life and after-life of St John of Beverley. John was bishop of Hexham and then York, after which he retired to his own monastery in Beverley and was buried there in 721. His cult was quickly established and spread to attract pilgrims from all over the British Isles and Europe. John's reputation was such that after Agincourt, King Henry V raised him to the status of a patron saint of England. The hagiographic works on John extend over nearly six hundred years from the 8th to the 15th centuries. Wilson uses these sources as a unique opportunity to examine the ways in which an Anglo-Saxon saint was promoted over a long period of time and was continually re-created in the image which the hagiographers or his community required, depending on their current needs and perceptions. The volume also includes new English translations of the Life and the miracle stories.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Sources
John of Beverley the man
John of Beverley: saint or sinner?
Hagiography
Translation, shrine, and relics
Patronage of kings
The cult in Brittany
Conclusion
The Texts: Vita Sancti Johannis
Miracula Sancti Johannis
Alia Miracula I
Alia Miracula II
Alia Miracula III
Additional Miracles
Bibliography
Index
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