A Podcast Exploring the Wit and Weirdness of Medieval Texts

MDT Ep. 42: Concerning the Exhumation of St. Cuthbert (1827)

We conclude our three-part look at the remains of St. Cuthbert with James Raine’s account of his 1827 exhumation of Cuthbert’s body and the recovery of some extraordinary early medieval artifacts.
Featured Music: Extracts from Franz Schubert, Piano Trio in E flat major, D. 929 and Piano Trio no. 1 in B flat major, D. 898, both composed in 1827. (via MusOpen.)
Today’s Texts:
  • Raine, James. A Brief Account of Durham Cathedral, with Notices of the Castle, University, City Churches, &c. Newcastle: Blackwell & Co., 1833. Google Books. Web. 6 Apr, 2016. [Available at Google Books.]
  • Raine, James. St. Cuthbert, with an Account of the State in Which His Remains Were Found upon the Opening of His Tomb in Durham Cathedral, in the Year MDCCCXXVII. Geo. Andrews, 1828.  [Available at Google Books.]

Other References:

  • Battiscombe, C.F., editor. The Relics of Saint Cuthbert. Oxford UP, 1956.
  • Reginald of Durham. Reginaldi Monachi Dunelmensis Libellus de Admirandis Beati Cuthberti Virtutibus Quae Novellis Patratae Sunt Temporibus, edited by James Raine, publication of the Surtees Society, J.B. Nichols and Son, 1835. [Available at Archive.org.]

Image: Portrait of James Raine by William Walker (National Portrait Gallery, London – via Wikimedia Commons).


  1. Geoff

    Great series, thanks for all the good work Patrick. The stories are very transportative, but also strangely connected to our own time. Love the way these tales are brought to life from the parchment. Anyway, I’ll be listening to the rest of the St Cuthbert story as I make my way home on a Sydney bus tonight. Cheers!

  2. Andrew Hill

    And I’ll be listening to the rest of St. Cuthbert as I brave trying to drive through Toronto. … I entirely agree with Geoff. Wonderful podcast; entirely enjoyable stories, narration and narrator. Kudos and many thanks for your work.


    Very helpful, having just read Benjamin Myers book Cuddy which includes a fictional account of the 1827 exhumation.

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