'Gregory the Great as "Apostle of the English" in Post-Conquest Canterbury'

Hayward, Paul Antony (2004) 'Gregory the Great as "Apostle of the English" in Post-Conquest Canterbury'. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 55 (1). pp. 19-57. ISSN 0022-0469

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Abstract

This article re-examines the history of a saint’s cult that has been taken as a crucial test case in discussions of Norman attitudes towards Anglo-Saxon culture. The first study to offer a systematic survey of the liturgical, diplomatic and hagiographical evidence, it shows that the promotion of Gregory the Great as ‘Apostle of the English’ was not – as argued by the late Richard Southern – a concession to native ethnic sensibilities on the part of the Archbishop Anselm (1093-1109), but a contribution to the exemption dispute between the archbishopric of Canterbury and St Augustine’s Abbey. In so doing, the article draws attention to the ways in which ethnic rhetoric was constructed and manipulated to support claims to status and power in the context of medieval colonialism. A secondary theme is the intersections between local conflicts between churches over status and privilege, and the (inter)national issues of Church-State relations in the Middle Ages – especially the English version of the Investiture Contest.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 55 (1), pp 19-57 2004, © 2004 Cambridge University Press.
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/da
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 20739
Deposited By: Dr Paul Hayward
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2008 15:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2019 00:21
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/20739

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