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St Botolf’s Day special

St Botolf -  an image from Boston, USA

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 17th June 2006

B ede makes no mention of Botolf, yet his mentor St Ceolfrith visited "Abbot Botwulf" in East Anglia around the year 670 according to The Life of St Ceolfrith. This describes Botolf as “proclaimed on all sides to be a man of unparalleled life and learning, and full of the grace of the Holy Spirit” (4).

We shall see that this high ecclesiastical reputation related to his fame as a pioneer of Benedictine monasticism in England, which began at his famous foundation to which the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle refers as Ican Hó. We shall weigh the evidence for its most likely location on the former island hó on which the church of St Botolf at Iken now stands.

We shall also consider St Botolf’s more general popularity as an exorcist and how he came to be regarded as a patron saint of travellers, especially those crossing water.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 St Botolf and the Wuffings  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 St Botolf ‘s Minster  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 St Botolf the Exorcist  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Cult of St Botolf  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

S am Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, was published in 1993. Since then he has been researching, lecturing, and writing as an independent scholar in Wuffing and Early Medieval Studies for many years. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is also now a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Scarfe, Norman., "St Botolph, The Iken Cross, and the Coming of East Anglian Christianity", Suffolk in the Middle Ages (Boydell 1986), pp.39-51.
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993).
Plunkett, S.J.& S.E.West, A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Material from Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84 [Suffolk 1998], pp.328, 344-45.
Stevenson, F.S. "St Botolph (Botwulf) and Iken", Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 18 (1924), pp.30-52.
West, S.E., N.Scarfe, & R.Cramp, "Iken, St Botolph, and the Coming of East Anglian Christianity", Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, XXXV (1984), pp.279-301.


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