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Bede, St Cuthbert and the science of miracles

Lawrence-Mathers, A. (2019) Bede, St Cuthbert and the science of miracles. Reading Medieval Studies, XLV. pp. 3-28. ISSN 0950-3129 (ISBN 9780704915824)

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Whilst Bede’s Prose Life of St Cuthbert has been several times edited and translated, and has been discussed together with his historical writings, his earlier, metrical, version of the Life has received considerably less attention. Bede worked on his Lives of Cuthbert during the periods when he was also writing his fundamental works on computus and natural philosophy. A central argument of this article is that Bede’s work on these ‘scientific’ subjects had a significant impact on his ideas concerning sanctity and the miraculous, and that this gave him a unique approach as a hagiographer.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > History
ID Code:88716
Publisher:University of Reading

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