Wonderful to Relate

Drawing on fresh work in the social sciences, Rachel Koopmans offers a new model for understanding how medieval miracle stories were generated, circulated, and replicated within an oral environment. She argues that the miracle collection became a defining genre of the high medieval period.

Wonderful to Relate
Miracle Stories and Miracle Collecting in High Medieval England

Rachel Koopmans

2010 | 352 pages | Cloth $65.00
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction
1. Narrating the Saint's Works: Conversations, Personal Stories, and the Making of Cults
2. To Experience What I Have Heard: Plotlines and Patterning of Oral Miracle Stories
3. A Drop from the Ocean's Waters: Lantfred of Fleury and the Cult of Swithun at Winchester
4. Fruitful in the House of the Lord: The Early Miracle Collections of Goscelin of St.-Bertin
5. They Ought to be Written: Osbern of Canterbury and the First English Miracle Collectors
6. Obvious Material for Writing: Eadmer of Canterbury and the Miracle-Collecting Boom
7. What the People Bring: Miracle Collecting in the Mid- to Late Twelfth Century
8. Most Blessed Martyr: Thomas Becket's Murder and the Christ Church Collections
9. I Take Up the Burden: Benedict of Peterborough's Examination of Becket's Miracles
10. Choose What You Will: William of Canterbury and the Heavenly Doctor
Conclusion: The End of Miracle Collecting

Appendix 1: Manuscripts of the Christ Church Miracle Collections for Thomas Becket
Appendix 2: The Construction of Benedict of Peterborough's Miracula S. Thomae
Appendix 3: The Construction of William of Canterbury's Miracula S. Thomae

List of Abbreviations
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments