Reliquia: Writing Relics in Anglo-Norman Durham

  • Heather Blurton
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter revisits the scholarly consensus that the Old English poem Durham is both formally and politically nostalgic by reading it as a political gambit in the power struggles between the monks of Durham Cathedral against the neighboring castle and its powerful bishops in post-Conquest Durham.


Twelfth Century Eleventh Century Medieval Literature Manuscript Context Scholarly Consensus 
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