Scottish saints' legends in the Aberdeen breviary

Alan MacQuarrie

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    This volume examines the phenomena of the cult of saints and Marian devotion as they were manifested in Scotland, ranging from the early medieval period to the sixteenth century. It combines general surveys of the development of the study of saints in the early and later middle ages with more focused articles on particular subjects, including St Waltheof of Melrose, the obscure early medieval origins of the cult of St Munnu, the short-lived martyr cult of David, duke of Rothsay, and the Scottish saints included in the greatest liturgical compendium produced in late medieval Scotland, the Aberdeen breviary. The way in which Marian devotion permeated late medieval Scottish society is discussed in terms of the church dedications of the twelfth and thirteenth-century aristocracy, the ecclesiastical landscape of Perth, the depiction of Mary in Gaelic poetry, and the pervasive influence of the familial bond between holy mother and son in representations of the Scottish royal family.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Cult of Saints and the Virgin Mary in Medieval Scotland
    EditorsSteve Boardman, Eila Williamson
    Place of PublicationWoodbridge
    Number of pages16
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2010

    Publication series

    NameStudies in Celtic History
    PublisherBoydell & Brewer


    • saints' cults
    • Scotland
    • Aberdeen

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