Review: The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia by Rebecca Pinner


My review of The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia by Rebecca Pinner has just been published in Folklore, the journal of the Folklore Society. Pinner’s authoritative study is a complete literary and historical survey of the medieval hagiography of St Edmund as well as a comprehensive guide to all images of the saint, with a particular focus on his veneration in Norfolk. The author does not neglect the shrine of St Edmund at Bury either, providing a detailed description of its physical appearance and setting based on the latest research. This is an important book that provides the essential background to my own work on the post-Reformation cult and iconography of St Edmund, as well as complimenting my recent book on the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds.

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