Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Herman the Archdeacon and Goscelin of Saint-Bertin: Miracles of St Edmund

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Herman the Archdeacon and Goscelin of Saint-Bertin: Miracles of St Edmund

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Herman the Archdeacon and Goscelin of Saint-Bertin: Miracles of St Edmund, ed. and trans. Tom Licence, Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). cxxxi + 402 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-968919-4. ?125.00. This edition of the Miracles of St Edmund comprises two texts: the fi rst is Herman the Archdeacon's Miracles of St Edmund (completed c.1098), and the second is the adapted and extended version of the Miracles written by Goscelin of Saint-Bertin (c.1100), which is significantly different in content. Herman (d. 1097-8), a continental monk, had joined the monastic community at Bury St Edmunds by 1092; Goscelin moved to England from Flanders, and lived for much of the 1090s at St Augustine's, Canterbury. Both continental writers were fascinated by England's saintly king of the East Angles (d. c.869), who had entered into both chronicle and legend as a king with strength both secular and saintly: he fought the invading Danes, and he performed miracles. …

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