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MDT Episode 15: Concerning the Relics of Simon de Montfort

In this episode, we wrap up the Melrose Chronicle‘s account of Simon de Montfort with a look at the miracle stories attached to his relics.

This episode’s texts:

  • The Melrose Chronicle. In The Church Historians of England. Vol. IV, Part I. Ed. and trans. Joseph Stevenson. London: Seeley’s, 1856. [Available at Google Books.]
  • “Miracles of Simon de Montfort.” Trans. George Walter Prothero. The Life of Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1877. [Available at Google Books.]
  • Translation of the Dictum of Kenilworth at the National Archives.


  • Bartlett, Robert. Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?: Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2013.
  • Heffernan, Thomas J. “‘God hathe schewed ffor him many grete miracules’: Political Canonization and the Miracula of Simon de Montfort.” Art and Context in Late Medieval English Narrative: Essays in Honor of Robert Worth Frank, Jr. Ed. Robert R. Edwards. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1994. 177-192.

Reliquary of St Anselm - © Marie-Lan Nguyen

Image: Foot reliquaries of St. Anselm (early 14th cent.). © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.5


  1. Julia

    It makes sense to me that there would be some ‘charismatic’ experiences in the Middle Ages because the Shakers and Quakers were called such because of their trembling with the power of the Holy Spirit. I wonder if anyone has done a study of medieval texts looking specifically for that type of experience …

    • Patrick


      I know I’m rather late in responding to you, but I just wanted to let you know that I’ve really appreciated all of your comments on the episodes you’ve enjoyed so far!

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