This episode is the first in our three-part series looking at encounters with the remains of St. Cuthbert, starting in this installment with a quick look at the discovery that his body had not decayed in 698, eleven years after his death, as recounted by the Venerable Bede, and then taking a longer look at the so-called “Anonymous Account” of the inspection of his body during his translation into Durham Cathedral in 1104.

This Episode’s Texts:

  • Bede. The Life and Miracles of Saint CudberctChurch Historians of England, edited and translated by Joseph Stevenson, vol. 1, part 2, Seeley’s, 1853, pp. 546-603. [Available on Google Books.]
  • The Anonymous Account. Translated in James Raine’s 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.]

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Image: Detail of the opening of Cuthbert’s tomb from British Library MS 39943 remixed with the art of Ralph Steadman via Google’s Deep Dream.


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