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The Scottish Legendary: Towards a poetics of hagiographic narration

Eva von Contzen


The first book-length study of the Scottish Legendary (late 14th c.), the only extant collection of saints’ lives in the vernacular from medieval Scotland, scrutinises the dynamics of hagiographic narration, its implicit assumptions about literariness, and the functions of telling the lives of the saints. The fifty saints’ legends are remarkable for their narrative art: the enjoyment of reading the legends is heightened, while didactic and edifying content is toned down. Focusing on the role of the narrator, the depiction of the saintly characters, their interiority, as well as temporal and sp ... More

Keywords: Hagiography, Narrative art, Narrative theory, Saints’ lives, Scotland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719095962
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eva von Contzen, author
University of Freiburg