Lecture by Dr Rebecca Pinner
Saints in the Landscape: St Edmund, St Æthelthryth and the East Anglian Fenland
The cults of medieval saints were securely rooted in the landscapes in which they lived, died and were subsequently venerated. Natural features were named after saints and shrines grew around holy springs or sacred mountains and drew pilgrims to these special places. The cults of our two local super-saints, Edmund and Æthelthryth, were no exception and this talk will explore the ways in which the Fenland features in their legends.
Rebecca Pinner was awarded a BA (Hons) in English Literature at UEA in 2002, an MA in Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies at UEA in 2003 and a doctorate in 2010, also at UEA. She teaches in the School of Literature at UEA. Her primary research interests concern the relationship between literature, context and culture, the construction and dissemination of individual and collective identities. Her book on 'The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia', Boydell and Brewer, is a keen favourite of many who study St Edmund.
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