IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 229: Memories of the Anglo-Saxon Mission

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Thijs Porck, Centre for the Arts in Society, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:James Palmer, School of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 229-aWillibrord's Companions: Remembering and Inventing Anglo-Saxon Missionaries on the Continent
(Language: English)
Thijs Porck, Centre for the Arts in Society, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Local History, Religious Life
Paper 229-bApostle, Preacher, Mentor, Martyr: Remembering Boniface in Medieval Vitae
(Language: English)
Shannon Godlove, Division of Human Studies, Alfred University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 229-cThe Anglo-Saxon Mission: Memory, Kinship, and the Motivations of History
(Language: English)
Harold C. Zimmerman, Department of English, Indiana University Southeast
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Abstract

This session focuses on the memorialisation of the Anglo-Saxon mission of the 7th and 8th centuries. Paper-a considers the development of medieval and modern legends surrounding Willibrord’s companions, such as Adelbertus, Engelmundus, and Swithbert. Paper-b compares vitae of Boniface and demonstrates how various hagiographers and communities shaped and reshaped Boniface’s saintly image for their own ends and contributed to the historical development of a Bonifatiusbild. Paper-c examines the supposed kinship between the Anglo-Saxon missionaries and the people they tried to convert in contemporaneous texts and how later remembrances of the mission altered interpretation of these narratives over time.