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Saint Alban and the Cult of Saints in Late Antique Britain

Garcia, Michael Moises (2010) Saint Alban and the Cult of Saints in Late Antique Britain. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This thesis presents an interdisciplinary study of cult of saints in Britain during Late Antiquity, utilising both textual and archaeological evidence. The study pursues question regarding when and why the cult of saints was introduced to Britain as well as the impact of the Anglo-Saxon conversion on native British cults. Chapters two and three assess case studies consisting of primary textual sources, including: De Laude Sanctorum by Victricius of Rouen; the anonymous Passio Albani; the Vita Germani by Constantius of Lyon; Gildas' De Excidio Britonum; the collected responses of Gregory the Great, known as the Libelllus Responsionum; Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum; the anonymous Miracula Nynie; Aelred of Rievaulx's Vita Niniani; and the anonymous Vita Samsonis. The archaeological evidence examined in chapters four and five consists of early medieval churches sited over Roman graves and in extra-mural cemeteries as well as distinctive burials from the fourth to seventh centuries referred to as 'special graves'. The evidence shows that the development of the cult of saints in Britain followed the same trajectory as on the Continent which reinforces the idea the Christianity continued in Britain after the Roman period

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > University of Leeds Research Centres and Institutes > Institute for Medieval Studies (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > Institute for Medieval Studies (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.534429
Depositing User: Ethos Import
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2016 11:35
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 11:35
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/15220

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