Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Paul E. Szarmach
Dr. Thomas Amos
Timothy C. Graham
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.
Westgard, Joshua A., "Eadmer of Canterbury's Breviloquium Vitae Sancti Wilfridi" (1999). Masters Theses. 3747.