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The Cult of St Edmund in East Anglia

St Edmund in his shrine, from John of Lydgate’s Life of St Edmund  (BL Harley 2278)

with Rebecca Pinner

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 22nd November 2008

The Cult of St Edmund in East Anglia. An erstwhile king of East Anglia, St Edmund became one of the most popular and enduring saints of the English Middle Ages. Over the course of the day we will consider the development of his cult within the region as evidenced in a range of sources including chronicles, saints lives, visual imagery, and the material history of the abbey-church of Bury St Edmunds. We will also consider the variety of ‘saintly identities’ which emerge and consider what St Edmund meant to the different groups who evoked him.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Legend of St Edmund  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Bury St Edmunds: the cult centre  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Miracles and Pilgrims  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Arrows, Wolves and Wuffings: the visual tradition  
  16:15 Close  

About Speaker Title

Rabecca Pinner was awarded her MA in Mediæval Studies at the University of East Anglia in 2003. She is currently completing her PhD thesis, : ‘The Cult of Saint Edmund in Later Mediæval East Anglia: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Construction of Sanctity’.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Gransden, A., ‘Legends and Traditions concerning the Origins of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds’, Legends, Traditions and History in Medieval England (Hambledon, 1992)
Gransden, A. (ed.), Bury St Edmunds: Medieval Art, Architecture, Archaeology and Economy, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, 20 (1998)
Gransden, A., A History of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole (Boydell, 2007)
Hopper, S., To be a Pilgrim: the Medieval Pilgrimage Experience (Sutton Publishing, 2002)
Jocelin of Brakelond, Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds (Oxford University Press, 1989)
John of Lydgate, The Life of St Edmund, King and Martyr, A Facsimile of British Library MS Harley 2278, with an introduction by A.S.G. Edwards (British Library, 2004)
Marks, R., Image and Devotion in Late Medieval England (Sutton, 2004)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer, 1993)
Pluskowski, A., Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages (Boydell, 2006)
Whitelock, D., ‘Fact and Fiction in the Legend of St. Edmund’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Inst. of Archaeology 31 (1969), 217-233


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