Saint Michael the Archangel in Medieval English Legend

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Boydell Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Religion - 174 pages
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The cult and legends of St Michael the archangerl were widespread in medieval England, and this book - the first full-length study of the subject - offers a comprehensive examination of their genesis and diffusion. Part I identifies and analyses the concerns, conflicts, and roles with which St Michael is associated, from scriptural and apocryphal literature through to the homiletic literature of the medieval period. Part II begins with a discussion of the vernacular recensions of the popular account of the archangel's earthly interventions, and goes on to survey the legendary accounts in Old English, Anglo-Norman, and Middle English of the archangel and his roles as guardian, intercessor, psychopomp, and warrior-angel follows. The Appendices contain the first English translation of the archangel's hagiographic foundation-myth; an annotated bibliographical list and motif index of textual materials relating to the archangel; and an essay on the iconographic representations of the archangel in medieval England. RICHARD F. JOHNSON is Assistant Professor of English at William Rainey Harper College.
  

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Contents

Literary Origins of the Archangels Legendary Roles
9
The Archangels Legendary History
43
Vernacular Versions of the Hagiographic FoundationMyth
49
The Archangel as Guardian and Psychopomp
71
The Archangel and judgment
87
Conclusion
105
B The Michael Inventory
116
The Motif lndex
139
Bibliography
149
Index
171
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Richard F. Johnson is Assistant Professor of English at William Rainey Harper College, USA. He is also Chair of the Humanities Department and Co-Coordinator of International Studies and Programs at the college.

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