Sunnivalegenden och den benediktinska reformen i England

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The Benedictine Reform in England in the tenth century is surveyed. The question is then raised whether the earliest version of the legend about St. Sunniva might have been influenced by that reform movement. We cannot know anything for certain about any version of the legend earlier than the extant Latin text from the late twelfth century, but it is argued that the story of Sunniva and her associates dates back at least to the mid-eleventh century and that it has a sober, truthful character which is consonant with the learned ideals of the English Benedictines.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


  • Benedictine Reform, Selja, Adam of Bremen, hagiography, St. Sunniva, Norway, Middle Ages, England
Original languageSwedish
Title of host publicationSelja – heilag stad i 1000 år
EditorsMagnus Rindal
PublisherUniversitetsforlaget, Oslo
ISBN (Print)82-00-22513-5
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)