Purgatory in Bede and Boniface

Isabel Moreira

in Heaven's Purge

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736041
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894628 | DOI:
Purgatory in Bede and Boniface

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This chapter examines how purgatory was described and understood in the works of Bede and Boniface. Particular attention is given to Bede as the author of works in which purgatory was given theological context and legitimation as orthodox belief. The chapter examines the role of friendship ties and gift-giving in Anglo-Saxon society and in the intercessory practices of Bede’s time. The chapter also considers the cultural and religious influences that informed Anglo-Saxon Christianity and explores the potential importance of Anglo-Saxon England’s close ties with eastern Christianity. Key texts discussed include Boniface’s Vision of the Monk of Wenlock and the works of Bede: the Vision of Drythelm, Homily for Advent, Commentary on Isaiah, and Commentary on Proverbs.

Keywords: purgatory; Bede; Boniface; friendship; gift-giving; Vision of Drythelm; intercession; Vision of the Monk of Wenlock; Homily for Advent; Commentary on Isaiah; Commentary on Proverbs

Chapter.  14258 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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