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Saints and their CommunitiesMiracle Stories in Twelfth-Century England$
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Simon Yarrow

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283637.001.0001

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The Cult of St Edmund of Bury

The Cult of St Edmund of Bury

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Saints and their Communities

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This chapter shows that the cult of St Edmund at Bury was the subject of hagiographical interest that endured throughout the period in which this study falls. A number of surviving collections of the miracles of St Edmund testify to their use by the monks of Bury in a variety of ways. Their contents provide highly revealing monastic-centred perspectives of lay society at different stages in the abbey's history. These perspectives had a propaganda function in identifying and defining imagined communities sharing priorities that were designed to make an impression on particular audiences.

Keywords:   St Edmund at Bury, monks, abbey, miracles, propaganda

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