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The Discovery Of Edmund's Head, In John Lydgate's 'Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund', etc.

The Discovery Of Edmund's Head, In John Lydgate's 'Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund', etc.

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1465

Shelfmark: Yates Thompson MS 47

Item number: f.54r

Length: 24.5

Width: 15.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Bury St. Edmunds was the burial place of St. Edmund, a Saxon King of East Anglia, martyred in 869 by Viking invaders who had also martyred St. Fremund in 866. John Lydgate (probably from Lidgate, about 10 miles south-west of Bury), a monk of the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds and one of the most prolific writers of Middle English, translated this work from Latin into English. Legend relates that after his martyrdom and decapitation, Edmund's head was thrown into a thicket, where it was protected from other wild animals by a wolf. When his followers came looking for the head, it shouted out 'Here! Here! Here!' until they found it.

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