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Re: latin or vernacular legends/lives of saints in parish churches

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Madeleine Gray <[log in to unmask]>

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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Tristan Gray-Hulse has also suggested that the anonymous vita prima of St Winefride/Gwenfrewi (undated but from internal evidence probably early 1130s) was a version designed to be read at her shrine at Holywell, possibly during services on her saint's day. 

Maddy


Dr Madeleine Gray PhD, FRHistS
Reader in History/ Darllenydd mewn Hanes
School of Humanities and Lifelong Learning /Ysgol Ddyniaethau a Dysgu Gydol Oes
University of Wales, Newport/Prifysgol Cymru, Casnewydd
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From: medieval-religion - Scholarly discussions of medieval religious culture [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Sherry Reames [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 15 May 2012 21:55
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Subject: Re: [M-R] latin or vernacular legends/lives of saints in parish churches

medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Sorry for this late response to Meg's question. I just want to add a reminder that lessons taken from Latin saints' lives were routinely read as part of the Matins service-- originally just in monasteries and collegiate churches, but I believe also in parishes before the end of the Middle Ages. As a result, large numbers of (usually abbreviated) saints' lives are included in two kinds of liturgical manuscripts: lectionaries for the daily office (sometimes called legendaries) and breviaries. Newly written manuscripts devoted to a single saint may also have been designed for liturgical use, esp. when that saint was either recently canonized (like Osmund) or the patron of the church in question (like Cuthburga).

In England, at least, lives of important saints were evidently also retold to the laity during Mass, as suggested by the contents of John Mirk's Festial, a late Middle English collection which calls them "sermones."

Sherry Reames

On 05/07/12, John Shinners  wrote:
> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
>
> Check Aelred Watkin's "Inventory of Church Goods, temp Edward III" for the archdeaconry of Norfolk (Norfolk Record Soc., 1947-48), which lists ten copies of the Legenda Aurea and hints of others in his intro (xlvii). I've come across saints lives randomly in last wills from that diocese and in some transcribed collections but that would be work!
>
> Best,
> John
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Katherine French" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Monday, May 7, 2012 8:50:06 AM
> Subject: Re: [M-R] latin or vernacular legends/lives of saints in parish churches
>
> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
>
> In the diocese of Bath and Wells, Yatton, Croscombe, Bridgwater, and St.collectio
> John's Glastonbury all own legenda--with the saints unspecified. In St.
> Margaret's Westminter, the parish has a printed life of St. Katherine
> bequeathed by Caxton (a parishioner).
> Katherine French
> On Mon, 7 May 2012 07:26:34 -0400, "Cormack, Margaret Jean"
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
> >
> > Greetings all,
> > I've just been reading a fascination and detailed book, Andrew D Brown,
> > Popular Piety in Late Medieval England. The Diocese of Salisbury
> > 1250-1550. Clarendon Press, Oxford. 1995
> >
> > In it I found the references below, and I am wondering how typical they
> > are? Does anyone know of examples (or articles about!) lives of saints
> > being owned by or read in parish churches (indeed, any information about
> > the ownership and reading of saints' lives would be of interest.)
> Language
> > of publication is not an issue.
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Meg
> >
> > In 1474/5 the churchwardens of St. Edmunds paid 17 d for the story of St
> > Osmund on parchment; in 1479/80 and 1495/6 further payments were made
> for
> > St Osmund's feast and story. p. 63
> >
> > the parishioners of Wimborne Minster bought a new "legend" for their
> > cherished St Cuthberga. p. 234
> >
> > ________________________________
> >
> > From: medieval-religion - Scholarly discussions of medieval religious
> > culture on behalf of Volker Schier
> > Sent: Sun 5/6/2012 13:07
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: [M-R] Symposium Books Changing Hands in Wolfenbüttel
> >
> >
> >
> > medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
> >
> > Dear colleagues,
> > The Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel is hosting the
> > interdisciplinary symposium Books Changing Hands, June 20-22, 2012,
> > organized by Volker Schier and Corine Schleif. Other participants
> > include Patrizia Carmassi, Madeline Caviness, Nancy van Deusen, William
> > Diebold, Matthias Eifler, Barbara Haggh-Huglo, Judith Oliver, Bruno
> > Reudenbach, Kathryn Rudy, Thomas Schilp, Gabriela Signori, and Alison
> > Stones. The following themes will be discussed: perpetual presentation -
> > books handed on/over; continuing memory - hands at work in books; signs
> > of possession - a book in hand; traces of hands in books. The program is
> > posted at
> > http://www.hab.de/kalender/wissveranst/Manuscripts_Changing_Hands.pdf .
> > Volker Schier
> >

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