The Old English Lives of St. Margaret

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This book presents the two Old English versions of the colourful legend of the virgin martyr, St Margaret of Antioch, who became one of the most widely celebrated of medieval saints and the patron saint of childbirth. The two extant vernacular lives are published together, edited with a facing translation and commentary and introduced by extensive coverage of background sources, the state of the manuscripts, their language and the growth of the cult of St Margaret in Anglo-Saxon England. In addition there are ...

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Overview

This book presents the two Old English versions of the colourful legend of the virgin martyr, St Margaret of Antioch, who became one of the most widely celebrated of medieval saints and the patron saint of childbirth. The two extant vernacular lives are published together, edited with a facing translation and commentary and introduced by extensive coverage of background sources, the state of the manuscripts, their language and the growth of the cult of St Margaret in Anglo-Saxon England. In addition there are printed fragments of a third version of the life and a Latin text from an Anglo-Saxon manuscript. The approach allows the reader to trace the early reception history of the texts and the way they developed over time, showing their significance as products of late Anglo-Saxon culture.

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'The editors have carried out painstaking and thorough research, and their efforts have yielded important results … There is much of interest in this edition from the presentation of the texts themselves to the broader contextualizing of the legend in Anglo-Saxon and European traditions. This volume will be the first point of reference for any future work on the Margaret legend.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
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Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations (including sigla used in referring to versions of the legend of St Margaret)
Introduction
1 The legend of St Margaret of Antioch 3
2 The Latin versions of the legend 7
3 The treatment of the legend in the Mombritius and pre-Mombritius tradition 24
4 The legend of St Margaret in Anglo-Saxon England 41
3 The cult of St Margaret in Anglo-Saxon England 72
6 Manuscripts 84
7 The language of the Old English texts 97
The Old English Life of St Margaret in Cotton Tiberius A. iii (composite text) 109
The Old English Life of St Margaret in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 303 149
Appendix 1 The A text of Cotton Tiberius A. iii 181
Appendix 2 The Latin Passio S. Margaretae in Paris, BN, lat. 5574 192
Appendix 3 The Latin 'Casinensis' version of the legend 224
Bibliography 235
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