By Richard F. Johnson
The cult and legends of St Michael the archangel have been common in medieval England, and this publication - the 1st full-length learn of the topic - bargains a finished exam in their genesis and diffusion. half I identifies and analyses the troubles, conflicts, and roles with which St Michael is linked, from scriptural and apocryphal literature via to the homiletic literature of the medieval interval. half II starts with a dialogue of the vernacular recensions of the preferred account of the archangel's earthly interventions, and is going directly to survey the mythical debts in outdated English, Anglo-Norman, and center English of the archangel and his roles as parent, intercessor, psychopomp, and warrior-angel follows. The Appendices comprise the 1st English translation of the archangel's hagiographic foundation-myth; an annotated bibliographical checklist and motif index of textual fabrics in terms of the archangel; and an essay at the iconographic representations of the archangel in medieval England. RICHARD F. JOHNSON is Assistant Professor of English at William Rainey Harper university.