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St Oswald of Worcester at Evesham Abbey: Cult and Concealment

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 July 2002

Abstract

In the twelfth or thirteenth century the monks of Evesham Abbey, an ancient Benedictine foundation in Worcester diocese, seem to have altered their domestic chronicle so as to conceal the decisive role of Oswald, bishop of Worcester, in the tenth-century reform of their house; after c. 1100 the abbey was anxious to suppress evidence of Evesham's early dependence on the church of Worcester lest the post-Conquest bishops should use it in the papal courts to refute Evesham's current case for exemption. Privately, however, the monks continued to honour St Oswald and their relic of his arm; he had become a political embarrassment, but in heaven he remained their spiritual friend.

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Footnotes

An earlier version of this article was presented at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds in 1999 and it has benefited from comments then received. I am also grateful to this JOURNAL's anonymous reader for some valuable suggestions and to Janice Cox, as usual, for advice on style and presentation.

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