Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Paul E. Szarmach

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Amos

Third Advisor

Timothy C. Graham

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


The Breviloquium vitae sancti Wilfridi by Eadmer of Canterbury (c. 1060-c. 1130) is an Anglo-Latin sermon on the life of an Anglo-Saxon saint composed in Canterbury in the first generation after the Norman Conquest (probably in the 1090s). The core of the following thesis is a semi­-diplomatic edition (Chap. IV) and a full English translation (Chap. V) of the text as preserved in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Manuscript 371, a codex collecting several of Eadmer's works, and probably written in his own hand.

In addition to the edition and translation, three chapters of introductory material are offered: Chapter I describes the manuscript and its script, punctuation, and annotation; Chapter II surveys the historical context, including the tenth-century translation of Wilfrid's relics to Canterbury, and the status of Anglo-Saxon saints under the Normans; and Chapter III looks at sources and analogues of the Breviloquium, as well as Eadmer's hagiographical technique.

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