St Æthelthryth and the Virgin Mary Through the Ages


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This presentation was given at the International Congress for Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI in May 2010 by Michelle Ziegler.

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  • St Æthelthryth and the Virgin Mary Through the Ages

    1. 1. Saint Æthelthryth and the Virgin Mary through the Ages Michelle ZieglerInternational Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI 1
    2. 2. Bede’s Mary of the English Eternal God comes down to Her glory made it grow, that Virgin’s womb; to set men holy plant; those virgin free eternal God comes flowers, her glory made down them grow. … From Virgin-mother springs, Nor lacks our age its (God’s wicket gate) Æthelthryth as well, Its [porta Maria Dei]; The virgin wonderful nor lacks Sire of all, from Virgin- our age. … mother springs. Royal Mother of Heaven’s Glad the bright virgin-choir to King your leader now; know God born of Virgin’s You too, maybe, a mother womb, glad the bright of Heaven’s King. … virgin choir. Zeal frenzied tears the foe that conquered Eve; truimph the saint [virgo], 2 zeal frenzied tears the foeBede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, (IV: 20) Colgrave&Mynors, trans. 19
    3. 3. Benedictional of Æthelwold 3
    4. 4. Benedictionalof Æthelwold Choir of Virgins Central figures Æthelthryth (left) and Mary (right) 4
    5. 5. Virgin Mary in theBenedictional of Æthelwold Annunciation Assumption of Mary 5
    6. 6. MaryMagdaleneNo gold on her apparel.No haloNot distinguished from theother two women. 6
    7. 7. Benedictionalof Æthelwold Choir of Virgins Central figures Æthelthryth (left) and Mary (right) 7
    8. 8. LiberEliensisThe version of Æthelthryth’sstory that is still used today. 8
    9. 9. Plan of Ely Cathedral 9
    10. 10. The Walsingham Trail Walsingha m Ely Ipswic h 10
    11. 11. Æthelthryth in Modern Times 11
    12. 12. Community of St Etheldreda St Etheldreda Cell of Society of Our Lady of WalsinghamPhoto from Ely Cathedral Website, monthly mass of St Etheldreda Cell in Lady 12
    13. 13. Ely Cathedral2000 Millennial Restoration ProjectOrder of St Etheldreda,founded 1992 to maintain the cathedral. 13