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, "Eadmer of Canterbury's Breviloquium Vitae Sancti Wilfridi" (1999). Master's Theses. 3747.