Brett (Caroline)

Brett, Caroline, Brittany and the Atlantic archipelago, 450–1200: contact, myth and history, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.  
With contributions by Fiona Edmonds and Paul Russell. Chapters: 1. Archaeology and the origins of Brittany -- 2. Settlement and Isolation, 450–800 -- 3. Brittany and Its insular past in the ninth century -- 4. Insular contact and the manuscript-culture of Brittany in the ninth and tenth centuries -- 5. From invasion to conquest: Brittany and its history, 919–1066 -- 6. Saints and seaways: the cult of saints in Brittany and Its archipelagic links -- 7. Bretons and Britons in the Norman and Angevin empires, 1066–1203 -- Conclusion.
Brett, Caroline, “Commémoration et hagiographie dans les chartes de Landévennec”, in: Yves Coativy (ed.), Landévennec 818–2018: une abbaye bénédictine en Bretagne. Actes du colloque de Landévennec des 6, 7 et 8 juin 2018, Brest: CRBC, 2020. 79–86.
Brett, Caroline, “St Kenelm, St Melor and Anglo-Breton contact from the tenth to the twelfth centuries”, Anglo-Saxon England 47 (2018): 247–273.  

This article discusses the similarity between two apparently unrelated hagiographical texts: Vita et Miracula Kenelmi, composed between 1045 and the 1080s and attributed to Goscelin of Saint-Bertin, and Vita Melori, composed perhaps in the 1060s–1080s but surviving only in a variety of late-medieval versions from England and France. Kenelm was venerated at Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, Melor chiefly at Lanmeur, Finistère. Both saints were reputed to be royal child martyrs, and their Vitae contain a sequence of motifs and miracles so similar that a textual relationship or common oral origin seems a reasonable hypothesis. In order to elucidate this, possible contexts for the composition of Vita Melori are considered, and evidence for the Breton contacts of Goscelin and, earlier, Winchcombe Abbey is investigated. No priority of one Vita over the other can be demonstrated, but their relationship suggests that there was more cultural contact between western Brittany and England from the mid-tenth to the twelfth centuries than emerges overtly in the written record.

Brett, Caroline, “The hare and the tortoise? Vita prima sancti Samsonis, Vita Paterni and Merovingian hagiography”, in: Lynette Olson (ed.), St Samson of Dol and the earliest history of Brittany, Cornwall and Wales, 37, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2017. 83–102.
Brett, Caroline, “‘In the margins of history?’ The Breton March from Dagobert to Charlemagne”, in: Hélène Bouget, and Magali Coumert (eds), Histoires des Bretagnes 5: en marge, 5, Brest: CRBC, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, 2015. 31–46.
Brett, Caroline, “Soldiers, saints, and states? The Breton migrations revisited”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 61 (Summer, 2011): 1–56.
Brett, Caroline, “A Breton pilgrim in England in the reign of King Æthelstan”, in: Gillian Jondorf, and David N. Dumville (eds), France and the British Isles in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: essays by members of Girton College, Cambridge, in memory of Ruth Morgan, Woodbridge: Boydell, 1991. 43–70.
Brett, Caroline, “John Leland, Wales and early British history”, Welsh History Review 15 (1990): 169–182.
Brett, Caroline [ed. and tr.], The monks of Redon: Gesta sanctorum Rotonensium and Vita Conuuoionis, Studies in Celtic History, 10, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1989.
Brett, Caroline, “Breton Latin literature as evidence for literature in the vernacular, A.D. 800–1300”, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 18 (Winter, 1989): 1–25.
Brett, Caroline, “L’hagiographie de Saint Guénolé de Landévennec: le témoignage du manuscrit de Cardiff”, in: Marc Simon (ed.), Landévennec et le monachisme breton dans le haut Moyen Âge: actes du colloque du 15e centenaire de l’abbaye de Landévennec, 25-26-27 avril 1985, Association Landévennec 485–1985, Landévennec: Association Landévennec, 1986. 253–267.


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