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Anglo-Saxon Saints' Lives as History Writing in Late Medieval England

Late medieval thinkers and writers weren't interested in their island's Anglo-Saxon past; it would be up to early modern antiquarians and reformation polemicists to "rediscover" pre-Conquest history. Or so the received narrative tells us. Turning to visual art, royal ceremony, and monastic tradition, however, we can see a widespread fascination in late fourteenth, fifteenth, and early sixteenth-century England with English religious history before the Norman Conquest.

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