Goscelin was a monk and writer from the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Bertin, in northern France, who wrote during the late 11th and early 12th centuries. Later in his life, he crossed the Channel to England where he visited monastic communities across the country and composed a number of important lives of English saints, including those of Sts Mildred (d. c. 730), Æthelthryth (d. 679) and Wulfsige (d. 1002).
Produced at the abbey of St Augustine’s, Canterbury around 1100, this volume contains Goscelin’s Life of St Augustine (d. 604), the monastery’s founder and patron saint, as well as a collection of charters said to have been granted to the Abbey itself. One charter of Æthelberht I of Kent (reigned 560-616) opens with a portrait of the early Anglo-Saxon King, sitting enthroned above a large initial I.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Full title:
- Goscelin of Saint-Bertin, Lives of the Canterbury saints
- 1st quarter of the 12th century, Canterbury
- Latin / Old French
- Goscelin of Saint-Bertin
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Cotton MS Vespasian B XX
- Article by:
- Tuija Ainonen
- Christian religion and belief, Art and illumination
The veneration of saints was an integral part of medieval culture. Tuija Ainonen examines a collection of manuscripts that contain saints’ lives and portraits.