IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1328: Literary Legacies of Early Irish Saints

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Helen Fulton, Department of English, University of Bristol
Paper 1328-aTwo for the Price of One: Dícuill of Bosham and Dícuill of Cnobheresburg
(Language: English)
Sarah McCann, Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Genealogy and Prosopography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1328-bSome Founder-Saints in East Coast Scotland
(Language: English)
Catriona Anna Gray, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography

Paper -a:
Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum makes reference to two Irishmen named Dícuill, one the head of the small monastery of Bosham, Sussex, the other a priest in charge of Fursa’s monastery of Cnobheresburg, East Anglia. Though Bede does not state it, there is reason to wonder whether these two Dícuills may in fact be the same person, a tantalising possibility this paper will investigate. Re-reading Bede in this fashion would substantially affect how we see the monastery of Bosham, the issue of its orthodoxy, and its role in Sussex, as well as account for the fate of Dícuill of Cnobheresburg.

Paper -b:
This paper will focus on saints’ dedications in medieval Angus and the Mearns. In these areas, within the territories of the bishoprics of Brechin and St Andrews, a high number of dedications are to the Virgin Mary and other biblical saints. However, there are also a number of Pictish and Irish saints’ dedications preserved in sources such as saints’ lives, charters and place-names. This paper will examine how these dedications are explained in 12th-century and later sources, such as saints’ lives and the Aberdeen Breviary, and how these saints (and their respective churches) were viewed as relating to one another.