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By Mechthild Gretsch

The cult of saints was once probably the most vital facets of existence within the center a long time, and it usually shaped the nucleus of constructing workforce identities in a city, a province or a rustic. The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is exclusive between modern ecu literatures in that it encompasses a large volume of saints' Lives within the vernacular. of those Lives, Ælfric is crucial writer, and his saints' Lives have by no means formerly been explored of their modern surroundings. during this research, Gretsch analyses Ælfric's Lives of 5 vital saints within the gentle in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England. this provides the reader interesting glimpses of 'Ælfric at work': he adapts the cults and rewrites the got Latin hagiography of the 5 saints, with the outcome that every in their English Lives conveys a unique message to the modern political elite and to a lay viewers at large.

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