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Title: ‘In which land were you born?’ : Cultural transmission in the historie van Jan van Beverley
Authors: Parsons, Ben
Jongenelen, Bas
First Published: 2012
Publisher: Medieval English Theatre
Citation: Medieval English Theatre, 2012, 34, pp. 30-76
Abstract: A translation of the Dutch chapbook 'play' of St John of Beverley, a sensational tale of incestuous rape, murder, a wildman hermit, and eventual absolution. The detailed introduction discusses the possibility that there may have been a similar English saint's play on the subject. "By any measure, St John of Beverley is not an obvious choice of subject for a medieval miracle play. Although he was undoubtedly a crucial figure in the northern English church at the beginning of the eighth century, rising to become bishop of Hexham and York, ordaining Bede as priest and deacon, and founding the community of ‘Inderauuda’, later Beverley, his life lacks any of the ‘sensational…supernatural events’ which are common staples of the genre. Even the handful of miracles attributed to him are relatively low-key affairs: Bede stresses his importance as an educator and healer above all, recording how he took in a dumb man and painstakingly taught him to speak, and healed a monk, a local thane, and the daughter of an abbess by prayer and holy water." [Extract from opening paragraph]
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2012. Archived with permission of the publisher.
Description: The file associated with this record is embargoed till 05/03/14 on request of the publisher.
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