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Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain$
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Eva von Contzen and Anke Bernau

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089701

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089701.001.0001

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St Margaret and the literary politics of Scottish sainthood

St Margaret and the literary politics of Scottish sainthood

(p.18) 1 St Margaret and the literary politics of Scottish sainthood
Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain

Kate Ash

Manchester University Press

The interpretation of Margaret of Scotland’s sanctity changes over time: from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, there is a shift traceable in the saint’s depiction, from her miracles and being the perfect medieval queen towards her becoming an inspirational figure for Scottish sovereignty. Focusing on Bishop Turgot’s twelfth-century vita, the thirteenth-century miracula, as well as on Walter Bower’s Scotichronicon, the essay demonstrates how Margaret was reimagined, as part of an imaginative agenda, within the specific context of Scottish sanctity.

Keywords:   Margaret of Scotland, hagiography, national identity, Scotichronicon, Bower, Walter, Turgot, Bishop

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