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Miracles, In 'The Martyrdom And Miracles Of St. Edmund' f.76v

Miracles, In 'The Martyrdom And Miracles Of St. Edmund' f.76v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Tiberius B II

Item number: f.76v

Length: 27.6

Width: 18.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St Edmund, king of East Anglia became revered as a royal martyr after he was killed by pagan Danish invaders in 870. In the 10th century, his remains were taken to Beodricsworth, which became Bury St Edmund's, where his status of royal martyr saint was promoted. St Edmund might have been recognised as the patron saint of the English but for heavy competition from contenders such as Cuthbert and George. In this book, two accounts of Edmund are bound together, Abbo of Fleury's account of his martyrdom and a collection of stories of his posthumous miracles believed to have been written by Hermann the Archdeacon (who may have really been named Bertrann). Resembling a collection of short stories, the accounts of miracles follow one after the other, but some end with 'Amen,' perhaps reflecting the daily reading saints' lives. This page presents the healing miracles of two priests, Siwardus and Godingus, and a miracle experiences by a Father William. The blank space at the beginning of the second story was meant for its first letter, enlarged and decorated, but it was never completed.

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