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St Edmund, King and Martyr: how to make saints
and influence people in medieval East Anglia

The wolf and the king’s head - Walpole St Peter, Norfolk (photo. Leon Doughty)

with Dr Rebecca Pinner

at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 23rd November 2013.

With an emphasis on original sources, this multimedia workshop will introduce you to the latest research into our regional patron saint, focusing on the often surprising ways in which individuals and communities adapted the cult of St Edmund in word, image, myth, and more. No previous experience of medieval literature is required.

Provisional Programme
(There may be variations to the programme on the day)
  10:00 Coffee on arrival  
  10:15 St Edmund at Bury, I: Lives, Legends and Miracles - In this first session we will explore how the legend of St Edmund developed over six hundred years under the guidance of the Bury monks, dwelling on some of the major innovations (and contradictions) in the legend.  
  11:15 Coffee  
  11:45 St Edmund at Bury, II: Saxon Saints and Murdered Kings: Art, Architecture and Relics in the Abbey Church - This session explores the sights, sounds and smells experienced by pilgrims to St Edmund’s shrine at Bury.  
  12:45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Beyond Bury, I: Drama, Spectacle and Ceremony in East Anglia - What happened to the image of St Edmund when the cult spread beyond Bury? This session explores some of the ways in which our saint was appropriated by East Anglians.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Beyond Bury, II: Images of St Edmund in East Anglian Churches - We end with a flourish of colour and imagery, exploring the ways in which Edmund was depicted in wood, glass, stone and paint in East Anglian churches.  
  16:20 Close  

About Dr Rebecca Pinner

Rebecca PinnerRebecca Pinner was awarded a BA (Hons) in English Literature at UEA in 2002, an MA in Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies at UEA in 2003 and a doctorate in 2010, also at UEA. She teaches in the School of Literature at UEA as well as for local adult education providers and is the co-founder and organiser of UEA’s Medieval Discussion Group. Her primary research interests concern the relationship between literature, context and culture, the construction and dissemination of individual and collective identities. She has published several articles and chapters on these and related issues and her first book, on the cult of St Edmund in medieval East Anglia, is due out soon with Boydell and Brewer.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Bale, Anthony, ed. St Edmund, King and Martyr: Changing Images of a Medieval Saint, (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2009)
Duffy, Eamon. The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1992).
Gibson, Gail. M. The Theatre of Devotion: East Anglian Drama and Society in the Late Middle Ages (Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1989)
Gransden, Antonia, ed. Bury St Edmunds: Art, Architecture, Archaeology and Economy, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, xx (Leeds: British Archaeological Association, 1998)
Gransden, Antonia. A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256 (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2007).
Harper Bill, Christopher, ed. Medieval East Anglia (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2005)
Hervey, Francis, ed. Corolla Sancti Edmundi: The Garland of St Edmund, King and Martyr (London: John Murray, 1907).
Jocelin of Brakelond, The Chronicle of Jocelin of Brakelond – any translated edition
Lydgate, John. The Lives of Sts Edmund and Fremund, ed. Anthony Bale and A.S.G. Edwards (2009) – this is the text of the poem
Lydgate, John. The Life of St Edmund, King and Martyr: John Lydgate’s Illustrated Verse Life: A Facsimile, ed. A.S.G. Edwards (London: British Library, 2004) – this is a full colour facsimile of the illuminated manuscript – you can also see a selection of the images online (scroll down the page to see the pictures) http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/record.asp?MSID=6643&CollID=8&
Pinner, Rebecca. ‘Images of St Edmund in Medieval Norfolk Churches’, in St Edmund, King and Martyr: Changing Images of a Medieval Saint, ed. Anthony Bale (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2009)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places. Study Days are 38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition. Once you have reserved your place please send payment to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
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