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II.29 - A Miracle Associated with St John of Beverley: a Boy Falls from the Minster Roof

from Thirteenth Century

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 January 2024

Edited with Introduction and Notes by
Carolinne White
Affiliation:
University of Oxford
Catherine Conybeare
Affiliation:
Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
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Various miracles were recorded as having taken place around Beverley minster where the body of the saint, John of Beverley (died 721) was buried. One of these records an incident when a boy, keen to watch a drama about Christ’s passion being performed in the churchyard, climbed up high inside the minster to get a good view, but fell to the paving beneath and was apparently dead, but then returned to life. The account is vivid, and ends with an allegorical coda drawing parallels with Christ’s death and resurrection.

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Print publication year: 2024

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