Sargent, AWS (2016) A Misplaced Miracle: the origins of St Modwynn of Burton and St Eadgyth of Polesworth. Midland History, 41 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1756-381X

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The twelfth-century Life of St Modwynn of Burton upon Trent (Staffordshire) includes an episode in which St Modwynn and St Eadgyth of Polesworth (Warwickshire) resurrect a nun named Osgyth who had drowned in a river. Current scholarly consensus locates the origins of this miracle with the cult of St Osgyth of Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire). This article seeks to restore the earliest written version of the miracle to St Modwynn, and goes on to consider the place of the miracle in the early medieval cults of St Modwynn and St Eadgyth. It is suggested that the miracle was first part of St Eadgyth’s cult, and that St Modwynn was intruded at some point in the eleventh century during the early development of the Benedictine monastery at Burton.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis, The Author - This is an Accepted Manuscript of Sargent, A., 2016. A Misplaced Miracle: The Origins of St Modwynn of Burton and St Eadgyth of Polesworth. Midland History, 41(1), pp.1–19. Published by Taylor & Francis in Midland History on 9 May 2016, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hagiography, St Modwynn of Burton, St Eadgyth of Polesworth, Anglo-Saxon minsters
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 May 2016 12:59
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 08:43

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