Cult and Image of St. Anne in Late Medieval England

Tracey Silvester Anne was a created saint who grew to function symbolically for a wide range of different social groups in their cultural practices, with considerable powers as mother of Mary and grandmother of Christ. By the late Middle Ages in England, the cult had manifested itself in horae, vitae, plays and feast day celebrations, and wide-ranging devotionContinue reading “Cult and Image of St. Anne in Late Medieval England”

How can the material culture of parish churches further our understanding of lay devotion to saints in the Middle Ages?

Frances Cook Two saintly figures preside over the baptism of a child in this fifteenth-century panel of stained glass from the parish church of St Mary, Combs, Suffolk. The panel is found in the south aisle alongside five other panels depicting the life of St Margaret of Antioch. However, the baptism of a baby playsContinue reading “How can the material culture of parish churches further our understanding of lay devotion to saints in the Middle Ages?”

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Origins of Warrior Saints and the Early Medieval Conversion to Christianity.

Lorna Webb The advent of the conversion to Christianity throughout the peoples of Britain in the early medieval period using an interdisciplinary approach can give glimpses of how culturally invisible factors can be attributed to accepted changes within society, using both archaeological evidence as well as written evidence. Through this approach, using written evidence canContinue reading “An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Origins of Warrior Saints and the Early Medieval Conversion to Christianity.”

‘Blessed Martyr Thomas, restore my son to me’: Children and Families in the Miracles of St Thomas Becket

Lydia McCutcheon On the 7 July 1220 the body of Archbishop Thomas Becket was translated in Canterbury Cathedral from the depths of the crypt into the newly constructed Trinity Chapel. The chapel’s glazing programme created an illuminated, technicolour display of the miraculous accounts of Saint Thomas’ power and presence from beyond the grave. The inspirationContinue reading “‘Blessed Martyr Thomas, restore my son to me’: Children and Families in the Miracles of St Thomas Becket”

Celebrating a new saint: Symeon of Trier (d. 1035)

Lenneke van Raaij The morning after the hermit Symeon died in his cell in the ancient city gate in Trier in 1035 AD, the entire city came together to celebrate this extraordinary man. The deceased came from Syracuse and served God in various ways during his lifetime: he had been a monk and hermit nearContinue reading “Celebrating a new saint: Symeon of Trier (d. 1035)”

Eastern saint, local saint: the cult of St Lazarus in the West

Alex Good In 1146 the bones of Saint Lazarus were moved a short distance from the cathedral of Saint-Nazaire in Autun to the new church of Saint Lazare, destined to be that city’s new cathedral. They were to be housed in a reconstruction of the church of Bethany in Palestine, itself built over the tomb from which LazarusContinue reading “Eastern saint, local saint: the cult of St Lazarus in the West”

A Plague Saint in Print

Sara Ameri Mahabadi Some time in the 13th century, a warrior martyr of the 3rd century suddenly acquired a new significance as protector against plagues. St. Sebastian was a Roman soldier who converted to Christianity, was shot with multiple arrows, which he miraculously survived, and was then clubbed to death and thrown into the city sewage.Continue reading “A Plague Saint in Print”

Draft conference programme

I’m pleased to share the draft programme for the conference in August. Information about how to register will be released in due course. Draft Programme Thursday 5th August 14:30 Welcome 14:45 Panel 1 Professor Tessa Webber (Cambridge), ‘Public reading and the celebration of the feast of St Oswald at Peterborough: the knowns and unknowns’ DrContinue reading “Draft conference programme”

Zoom talk: King Oswald’s Right Arm

On 20 May at 7:30pm Johanna Dale will be giving a talk about the right arm of King Oswald as part of Peterborough Cathedral’s History Talks series. What was this relic? How did it come to Peterborough? Why was it so important to the monastic community? This talk will trace the history of Oswald’s arm,Continue reading “Zoom talk: King Oswald’s Right Arm”