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When did David Rollason write his chapter on hagiography and politics in early Northumbria?
1996
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What have historians in the 1990s done with eighth century saints lives?
Analyse with view to discovering how their composition was related to the political situation of the Church, the kings and the aristocracy. Results exciting although aspects remain controversial.
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What is significant about the eighth century Northumbrian saints lives?
Unusual burst of activity in restricted area and time span - from south of Huber only have Life of St. Guthlac, vernacular lives of Guthlac and St. Chad of Lichfield. Hagiographical material must be lost as Bede refers in Eh to account of saints of B
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Are there signs of freestanding saints lives being compiled in Northumbria in the earlier seventh century or after the middle of the eighth?
No
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How was Botulf of East Anglia, an important monastic figure who contributed to the education of Ceolfrith of Monwearmouth-Jarrow remarked upon in Northumbria?
only a passing reference in Life of Ceolfrith
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Was the composiiton of a life an 'absolute necessity' to the promotion of a saints' cult?
No although helpful (Rollason)
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Who does Rollason view as the readership of the Northumbrian saints lives?
Due to language and complex scripturla and literary allusions, the Northumbrian live must have had predominantly ecclesiastical readership and can hardly have been intended to gain large number devotees clts
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How might the features of the saints lives lead us to see them? (Rollason)
As an aspect of the scholarly and literary development of the early eighth-century Golden Age of Northumbria
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What does Bede say about the context of the saints lives and their production?
"the lives would certainly not have been written but for the tide of scholarship and literature at that time in Northumbria, but this cannot be accepted as the sole reason for the unusually prolific output."
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What does Rollason point to as a sign that the saints lives were not just an expression of scholarly and literary culture?
Would have expected early lives of Northumbrian royal saints Oswald and Oswine, Hilda of Whitby and other saintly figures wof whom the only literary memorial we have is in the EH
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Do we have any Northumbrian later eighth century saints lives?
No, although scene of considerable scholarly and literaryactivity - see Alcuin's poem The Bishops, Kings and Saints of York
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Give two examples Rolalson names who could have been the subject of saints' lives, in later eighth century Northumbria
Hermits Echa of Crayke and Balthere of Tyningham
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What does David Rollason argue about the production of saints lives in Northumbria?
"possibility that the late seventh- and early eighth-century Northumbrian lives were composed as a response to the particular circumstances of that period and that their composition is art least in some measure explicable in terms of ecc + sec politi
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Who did Lindisfarne seem to be supporting in 750?
Offa, son of the former King Aldfrith, for power
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What happened when King Eadberht took Bshop Cynewulf prisoner?
He also had the church of St. Peter of Lidnisfarne besieged and dragged away Offa from the relics of its principal saint Cuthbert, where he had taken sanctuary
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What suggests that Whitby may have had a political role?
Royal foundation and its royal abesses Eanfled and daughter AEfflaed. Clear AEfflaed played important role in resolving political difficulties beset Wilfrid
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Jarrow
Founded in association with King Ecgfrith
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What reason is given in the anonymous Life of Ceolfrith for the first abbot of Wearmouth-Jarrow, Benedict Biscop, appointing an assitant?
That he was often summoned to give advice to the king
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How does Rollason see the Ecclesiastical History?
"in part to be understood as a work aimed at reform in Bede's own day"
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