Academic journal article Medium Aevum

William of Malmesbury: Saints' Lives. Lives of SS. Wulfstan, Dunstan, Patrick, Benignus and Indract

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

William of Malmesbury: Saints' Lives. Lives of SS. Wulfstan, Dunstan, Patrick, Benignus and Indract

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William of Malmesbury: Saints' Lives. Lives of SS. Wulfstan, Dunstan, Patrick, Benignus and Indract, ed. M. Winterbottom and R. M. Thomson (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002). xxxviii + 396 pp. ISBN 0-19-8207093. £65.00. William of Malmesbury wrote his Life of St Wulfstan as a commission by the prior and convent of Worcester, shortly after 1126, and his Life of St Dunstan and three Irish saints for the monks of Glastonbury in the period leading up to c.1129/30. The edition, with parallel translation, of the hagiographical writings is the third of a projected series of five volumes in the Oxford Medieval Texts (OMT), which will offer all of William's historical works. This is an author edition, focusing on the recovery of William's original text, presented in the spelling system reconstructed from the Gesta pontificum autograph as employed in the editors' edition of the Gesta regum (OMT 1998-9), with appropriate textual emendations, and a critical apparatus directed to the recovery of the original wording rather than documenting later recensions and reception. The critical edition of the Life of Wulfstan, which survives in a single manuscript of the full text and four of an abbreviated recension, replaces the two earlier editions, both of the full text, by H. …

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