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The naming of Guthlac

Cavill, Paul

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Paul Cavill



Abstract

This study discusses the passages in Felix’s Vita Sancti Guthlaci which refer to the naming of the saint. It suggests that Felix’s ideas as to the source and meaning of the name are problematic in that they do not obviously reflect vernacular naming patterns and they were not passed on by Old English writers. It is argued that this might be because Felix’s obscure Latin has been mistaken, and that he might have wanted to refer to Guthlac’s ‘land’ and ‘tribe’ not as the source of his name, but as being named after him. It is pointed out that Felix’s vocabulary in the naming passages bears striking resemblance to that in a passage of Jerome’s translation of the Regula Pachomii which relates it to desert monasticism, the dominant paradigm for Felix’s hagiography.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2015
Journal Nottingham Medieval Studies
Print ISSN 0078-2122
Electronic ISSN 0078-2122
Publisher Brepols Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 59
APA6 Citation Cavill, P. (2015). The naming of Guthlac. Nottingham Medieval Studies, 59, https://doi.org/10.1484/J.NMS.5.107333
DOI https://doi.org/10.1484/J.NMS.5.107333
Publisher URL http://www.brepolsonline.net/doi/10.1484/J.NMS.5.107333
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

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