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Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context (Hardback)
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Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 30/04/1996
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In tenth- and eleventh-century England, Anglo-Saxon Christians retained an old folk belief in elves as extremely dangerous creatures capable of harming unwary humans. To ward off the afflictions caused by these invisible beings, Christian priests modified traditional elf charms by adding liturgical chants to herbal remedies. In Popular Religion in Late Saxon England, Karen Jolly traces this cultural intermingling of Christian liturgy and indigenous Germanic customs and argues that elf charms and similar practices represent the successful Christianization of native folklore. Jolly describes a dual process of conversion in which Anglo-Saxon culture became Christianized but at the same time left its own distinct imprint on Christianity. Illuminating the creative aspects of this dynamic relationship, she identifies liturgical folk medicine as a middle ground between popular and elite, pagan and Christian, magic and miracle. Her analysis, drawing on the model of popular religion to redefine folklore and magic, reveals the richness and diversity of late Saxon Christianity.
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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807822623
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition

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