Secondary Sources

The following is a selection of secondary literature related to hagiographic literature, religious conversion and approaches to the past, which may assist and inspire users of this database. Further bibliographical material pertaining to conversion is available on the ‘Converting the Isles’ website.

i. Insular Hagiography

D. A. Bray, A List of Motifs in the Lives of the Early Irish Saints, FF Communications 252 (Helsinki, 1992)

B. Colgrave, ‘The Earliest Saints’ Lives Written in England’, Proceedings of the British Academy 44 (1958), pp. 35-60

J. E. Cross, ‘English Vernacular Saints’ Lives before 1000 A.D.’, in Hagiographies: histoire internationale de la litterature latine et vernaculaire en Occident des origines à 1550, ed. G. Philippart (Turnhout, 1996), II, pp. 413-27

J. R. Davies, The Book of Llandaf and the Norman Church in Wales (Woodbridge, 2003)

J. R. Davies, ‘The Saints of South Wales and the Welsh Church’, in Local Saints and Local Churches in the Early Medieval West, ed. A. Thacker and R. Sharpe (Oxford, 2002), pp. 361-95

J. W. Evans and J. M. Wooding, St David of Wales: Cult, Church and Nation (Woodbridge, 2007)

W. A. Goffart, The Narrators of Barbarian History (A.D. 550–800): Jordanes, Gregory of Tours, Bede, and Paul the Deacon, Publications in Medieval Studies (Princeton, NJ, 1988)

M. Goodich, Lives and Miracles of the Saints: Studies in Medieval Latin Hagiography (Aldershot, 2004)

E. R. Henken, Traditions of the Welsh Saints (Cambridge, 1987)

E. R. Henken, The Welsh Saints: A Study in Patterned Lives (Cambridge, 1991)

M. Herbert, ‘Latin and Vernacular Hagiography of Ireland from the Origins to the Sixteenth Century’, in Hagiographies: Histoire internationale de la littérature hagiographique latine et vernaculaire en occident des orgines á 1550, ed. G. Philippart (Turnhout, 2001), III, pp. 327-60

J. F. Kenney, The Sources for the Early History of Ireland: Ecclesiastical: An Introduction and Guide (New York, NY, 1929)

M. Lapidge, ‘The Saintly Life in Anglo-Saxon England’, in The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature, ed. M. Godden and M. Lapidge, 2nd ed. (Cambridge, 2013), pp. 251-72

M. Lapidge and R. C. Love, ‘England and Wales (600-1550)’, in Hagiographies: histoire internationale de la littérature hagiographique latine et vernaculaire, en Occident, des origines à 1500, ed. G. Philippart (Turnhout, 2001), III, pp. 203-325

C. McKenna, ‘Between Two Worlds: Saint Brigit and pre-Christian Religion in the Vita Prima’, in Identifying the ‘Celtic’, ed. J. Nagy, Celtic Studies Association of North America Yearbook 2 (Dublin, 2002), pp. 66-74

P. Ó Riain, A Dictionary of Irish Saints (Dublin, 2011)

P. Ó Riain, ‘The O’Donohue Lives of the Salamancan Codex: The Earliest Collection of Irish Saints’ Lives?’, in Gablánach in Scélaigecht: Celtic Studies in Honour of Ann Dooley, ed. S. Sheehan, J. Findon and W. Follett (Dublin, 2013), pp. 38-52

P. Pulsiano, ‘Blessed Bodies: The Vitae of Anglo-Saxon Female Saints’, Parergon 16 (1999), pp. 1-42

R. Sharpe, Medieval Irish Saints’ Lives: An Introduction to Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae (Oxford, 1991)

E. G. Whatley, ‘An Introduction to the Study of Old English Prose Hagiography: Sources and Resources’, in Holy Men and Holy Women: Old English Prose Saints’ Lives and their Contexts, ed. P. E. Szarmach, SUNY Series in Medieval Studies (Albany, NY, 1996), pp. 3-32

E. G. Whatley, ‘Late Old English Hagiography, ca. 950–1150’, in Hagiographies: histoire internationale de la literature hagiographique latine et vernaculaire en Occident des origines à 1550, ed. G. Philippart (Turnhout, 1996), II, pp. 429-99

E. G. Whatley et multi, ‘Acta Sanctorum’, in Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture Volume One: Abbo of Fleury, Abbo of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Acta Sanctorum, ed. F. M. Biggs, T. D. Hill, P. E. Szarmach and E. Gordon Whatley (Kalamazoo, MI, 2001), pp. 22-548

ii. Conversion of Britain and Ireland

L. Abrams, ‘The Conversion of the Scandinavians of Dublin’, Anglo-Norman Studies 20 (1997), pp. 1-29

L. Abrams, ‘Conversion and the Church in Viking-Age Ireland’, in The Viking Age: Ireland and the West. Proceedings of the XVth Viking Congress, Cork, 18-27 August 2005, ed. J. Sheehan and D. Ó Corráin (Dublin, 2010), pp. 1-10

A. Angenendt, ‘The Conversion of the Anglo-Saxons Considered against the Background of the Early Medieval Mission’, Settimane di Studio del Centro Italiano di Studi sull’alto Medioevo 32 (1986), pp. 747-92

L. Bieler, ‘The Christianization of the Insular Celts during the Sub-Roman Period and its Repercussions on the Continent’, Celtica 8 (1968), pp. 112-125

M. Carver, ed., The Cross Goes North: Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD 300-1300 (Woodbridge, 2003)

S. D. Church, ‘Paganism in Conversion-Age Anglo-Saxon England: The Evidence of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History Reconsidered’, History 93 (2008), pp. 162-80

C. Downham, ‘Religious and Cultural Boundaries between Vikings and Irish: The Evidence of Conversion’, in The March in the Islands of the Medieval West, ed. J. Ní Ghrádaigh and E. O’Byrne (Leiden, 2010), pp. 15-34

M. Dunn, The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons c. 597-c. 700: Discourses of Life, Death and Afterlife (London, 2009)

N. Edwards, ‘Celtic Saints and Early Medieval Archaeology’, in Local Saints and Local Churches in the Early Medieval West, ed. A. Thacker and R. Sharpe (Oxford, 2002), pp. 225-65

N. Edwards, R. Flechner and M Ní Mhaonaigh, ed., Transforming Landscapes of Belief in the Early Medieval Insular World and Beyond: Converting the Isles II, Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages 23 (Turnout, 2017)

D. Flanagan, ‘The Christian Impact on Early Ireland: Place-Names Evidence’, in Irland und Europa: die Kirche im Frühmittelalter, ed. P. Ní Chatháin and M. Richter (Stuttgart, 1984), pp. 25-51

R. Flechner and M. Ní Mhaonaigh, ed., The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World: Converting the Isles I, Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages 19 (Turnhout, 2016)

R. Gameson, ed., St Augustine and the Conversion of England (Stroud, 1999)

M. Lambert, Christians and Pagans: Conversion of Britain from Alban to Bede (New Haven, CT, 2010)

H. Mayr-Harting, The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England (London, 1972)

R. Meens, ‘A Background to Augustine’s Mission to Anglo-Saxon England’, Anglo-Saxon England 23 (1994), pp. 5-17

A. Rabin, ‘Bede, Dryhthelm, and the Witness to the Other World: Testimony and Conversion in the Historia Ecclesiastica’, Modern Philology 106 (2009), pp. 375-98

S. Semple, ‘Sacred Spaces and Places in Pre-Christian and Conversion Period Anglo-Saxon England’, in The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, ed. H. Hamerow et al. (Oxford, 2011), pp. 742-63

F. Spiegel, ‘The Tabernacula of Gregory the Great and the Conversion of Anglo-Saxon England’, Anglo-Saxon England 36 (2007), pp. 1-13

D. Tyler, ‘Reluctant Kings and Christian Conversion in Seventh-Century England’, History 92 (2007), pp. 144-61

B. Yorke, The Conversion of Britain: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain c. 600-800 (Harlow, 2006)

iii. Other Relevant Studies

D. A. Bankert, ‘Medieval Conversion Narratives: Research Problems and Pedagogical Opportunities’, in The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England: Approaches to Current Scholarship and Teaching, ed. P. Cavill (Cambridge, 2004), pp. 141-52

R. Bartlett, Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation (Princeton, NJ, 2013)

K. F. Morrison, Understanding Conversion (Charlottesville, VA, 1992)

L. R. Rambo, Understanding Religious Conversion (New Haven, CT, 1993)

G. M. Spiegel, ‘History, Historicism, and the Social Logic of the Text in the Middle Ages’, Speculum 65 (1990), pp. 59-86