By Sarah Salih
The saints have been the superheroes and the stars of medieval England, bridging the space among heaven and earth, the residing and the useless. an unlimited physique of literature advanced through the center a while to make sure that everybody, from kings to peasants, knew the tales of the lives, deaths and afterlives of the saints. even though, regardless of its recognition and ubiquity, the style of the Saint's lifestyles has till lately been little studied. This assortment introduces the canon of center English hagiography; areas it within the context of the cults of saints; analyses key subject matters inside of hagiographic narrative, together with gender, strength, violence and historical past; and, eventually, exhibits how hagiographic issues survived the Reformation. total it deals either info for these coming to the style for the 1st time, and issues ahead to new developments in examine.
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Org suffering is clearly modelled on Christ’s. 34 This version seems to have better evidence in terms of what actually happened, but it was less useful than the clerical model in terms of the construction of Edmund as a recognisable saint. Interestingly, visual accounts of this event are equally inconsistent, even though they tend to focus on the motif of the passive death of the king. Figure 3 depicts a fourteenth-century English wall painting of the martyrdom of St Edmund at Stoke Dry (Northamptonshire).
28–9; the full inventory is printed in this latter work at pp. 78–94. 12 Riches, St George, p. 17. 13 Records of the Gild of St George, pp. 32, 140. Evidence of the assimilation of St Margaret into the cult of St George is patchy and late, but one possible example occurs in a carved panel on the sixteenth-century court cupboard at Cotehele (Cornwall), where the princess is uniquely depicted with both a lamb and a dragon on leashes. St Margaret is associated with both sheep and a dragon, but the iconography of this panel is too unusual to allow a firm identification to be made.
16 Throughout the procession the bells of the cathedral were rung, and the thought of the bells combining with the waits’ music, the cantors’ singing, the colourful robes, as well as the fighting between the George and his dragon, evokes a wonderfully dramatic event. These types of performative activities were a significant part of medieval cultural and communal life. 17 The ceremonies began on the eve of the feast with evensong in the cathedral, which all members of the Guild were expected to attend.