publication . Article . 2018

Thinking Wetly: Causeways and Communities in East Anglian Hagiography

Rebecca Pinner;
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  • Published: 31 Jul 2018 Journal: Open Library of Humanities, volume 4 (eissn: 2056-6700, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Open Library of the Humanities
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Water defined the landscapes of medieval East Anglia. Hitherto scholarly attention has focussed on the physical geography of the region, with landscape archaeology and excavations revealing sites of international importance and speaking to the potency and ubiquity of water as a ritual element. Surprisingly, however, very little attention has been paid to the symbolic importance of water in medieval East Anglian literature, and this article addresses this scholarly lacuna. Water features prominently in the literature from the region, particularly in the lives and legends of the numerous saints venerated at its many cult centres. This article begins by outlining s...
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free text keywords: Sociology and Political Science, General Arts and Humanities, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Medieval water studies, History of scholarship and learning. The humanities, AZ20-999, Element (criminal law), Landscape archaeology, The Symbolic, History, Cult, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Anthropology, Lacuna, medicine.anatomical_structure, medicine, lcsh:History of scholarship and learning. The humanities, lcsh:AZ20-999
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