Audrey of Ely

Society of Antiquaries of London, details here

The Mary of the English

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Audrey of Ely

Associates of Audrey of Ely

Early Medieval East Anglian Church

St. Audrey in Bede’s Works

Benedictional of Aethelwold

Aelfric’s Life of Aethelthryth

Liber Eliensis

Marie de France, Life of Saint Audrey

“Saint Æthelthryth and the Virgin Mary through the Ages”, Session 403, 45th International Congress on Medieval studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 15, 2010.

These posts cover the material from my presentation at Kalamazoo.

Judith Schoaf’s translations (1991-1996) of “The Lais of Marie de France”.

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  1. I was just wondering if you knew about the new translation of the Vie Sainte Audree? It is trans. and ed. by June Hall McCash and Judith Barban. “The Life of Saint Audrey: A Text by Marie De France.” McFarland Press, 2006. I only know about it because I was Dr. McCash’s research assistant for the book.

  2. Yeah, she wrote some stuff seen as Arthurian. You know, this blog is fascinating. I wonder if you recall from Bede the story of Imma, the Northumbrain thegn, which notes the link between Aethelthryth and the Kentish royal house. Right now, I am working on seventh-century relations between Kent and Mercia. Mainly during the reign of Hlothere.

  3. I went back and read the chapter. I hadn’t noticed that before. I guess that secures that Hlothere was the son of Saexburh. What do you make of Bede’s claim that Imma had “been one of Aethelthryth’s thanes”? I would have thought that the king referred to in the beginning would have been King Aelfwine, making Imma a Deiran thane. Has anyone ever located Tunnacaestir?

  4. No, as far as I know no one has satisfactorily found Tunnacaestir. As for the thegn comment, the ASC places the battle in 679, the same year Aethelthryth died. Taking that into consideration, let us look at what Bede says. “During the battle one of the king’s retainers…Imma was struck down.” XXII. Judging from Bede’s frustratingly ambiguous language, I assume that Imma was Ecgfrith’s thegn, his use of the word king referring back to Ecgfrith in chap. XXI, the main leader of the battle, not Aelfwine, presumably a Deirian sub-king. Imma could easily have been attatched to Aethelthryth’s household, as a guard or security type. After she leaves to found Ely, his allegiance reverts back to Ecgfrith. I could be wrong ( certainly not unheard of in my case), but that makes sense.

  5. Maybe, but I still get the feeling that Imma’s allegiance was to Ecgfrith. Imma’s captor comments, after finding out the truth, that he should kill Imma, because of the death in battle of his relatives. A typical blood feud response. Now, if Imma were Aefwine’s thegn, the captor would really have no claim to blood feud, since Aelfwine was not ultimately the commander of the army. However, if Imma were Ecgfrith’s man, all bets were off.

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