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Chapter 5 - Godric of Finchale, Bartholomew of Farne and the ‘Irish’ Libellus de ortu Sancti Cuthberti: Three Eremitic Responses to St Cuthbert, 1150–1210

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 December 2020

Christiania Whitehead
Affiliation:
Universities of Warwick and Lausanne
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Summary

Attention to eremitic place is one way by which the ascetic dimensions of Cuthbert’s sanctity are returned to the fore by Durham priory in the late twelfth century. The other way, much more animated and contemporary, is through the creation of modern-day hermits in Cuthbert’s image. This chapter examines Reginald of Durham’s vita of the faintly dubious Benedictine hermit, Godric of Finchale; Geoffrey of Durham’s vita of Bartholomew of Farne and his associate, Thomas, more safely and consistently Benedictine; and finally, the anonymous new ‘Irish’ vita of none other than Cuthbert himself, the Libellus de ortu Sancti Cuthberti, substantially recreated to further a Cistercian and eremitic agenda.

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The Afterlife of St Cuthbert
Place, Texts and Ascetic Tradition, 690–1500
, pp. 99 - 138
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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