Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

Contents

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pp. v-v

Abbreviations and Short Titles

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pp. vii-vii

Editor’s Note

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pp. ix-ix

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Introduction

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pp. 1-12

Approximately one hundred saints’ lives in Old English prose have survived to the present day. Although almost 40 percent of this corpus is anonymous, as the named author who wrote more than half of the extant lives1 Ælfric of Eynsham has come to dominate the study of Old English ...

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The Old English Life of Saint Euphrosyne and the Economics of Sanctity

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pp. 13-28

The lives of saints can sometimes tell us as much about the culture that produced them as about the individuals they memorialize. Although all hagiographic literature (and art, for that matter) is essentially didactic— as the great hagiographer Gregory of Tours himself forcefully articulated, ...

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Saint Mary of Egypt in British Library, MS Cotton Otho B.x [Includes Figures]

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pp. 29-70

There are three extant, although incomplete, copies of the anonymously translated Old English version of The Life of Mary of Egypt, all written in the early- to mid-eleventh century.1 Three leaves of the text survive in Gloucester Cathedral 35, a collection of fragments from bindings now kept ...

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The Old English Seven Sleepers, Eros, and the Unincorporable Infinite of the Human Person

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pp. 71-96

In Kevin Brockmeier’s novel The Brief History of the Dead, there are only two geographies, separated by the membrane of death. First, there is the City, which is inhabited by the recently departed, mainly victims of a viral pandemic that has wiped out the entire population of the earth ...

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Reversal of Fortune, Response, and Reward in the Old English Passion of Saint Eustace

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pp. 97-117

The Old English Passion of Saint Eustace is a unique prose narrative, and it is unfortunate that this saint’s life has been neglected by scholars of Anglo-Saxon literature.1 The plot contains romance elements that merit further study,2 but the Passion should also be taken seriously as a hagiographic ...

Production Notes

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pp. 118-118