Vita sancti Winwaloei (BHL 8965)

John of Tynemouth
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A redaction of the vita of St Winwaloe of Landévennec which John of Tynemouth included in his hagiographic collection (Sanctilogium) and was incorporated into the Nova legenda Angliae. It appears to be based on the version of the life that is listed by the Bollandists as BHL suppl. 8964b.

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  • Vir quidam in Britannia fuit illustris nomine Fracanus, Cotonii regis britannici consobrinus
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John of Tynemouth
John of Tynemouth
(fl. 14th century)
English historian and hagiographer, known for having produced a chronicle, the Historia aurea, and a collection of saints’ lives, the Sanctilogium Anglia, Wallia, Scotiae et Hiberniae, which would form the basis of the Nova legenda Angliae.

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For the possible existence of a copy in the early 16th century, see M. Lapidge, Analecta Bollandiana 126 (2008).

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(Possible) sources: Vita sancti Winwaloei (BHL 8964b)Vita sancti Winwaloei (BHL 8964b)

A redaction of the vita of St Winwaloe of Landévennec, which is attested in two medieval manuscripts of English provenance. BHL 8964b.



origins of Brittany (narrative world), c. 4th-6th centuuries
origins of Brittany (narrative world), c. 4th-6th centuuries
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The time of migration and settlememt in Brittany, c. 4th-6th century, typically associated with the founding rulers (Conan Meriadoc, Gradlon/Grallon, Guiomar/Guigemar, etc.) and early founding saints (e.g. Paul Aurelian, Samson of Dol, Tudwal/Tugdual of Tréguier, Winwaloe of Landevenneg, Brioc, Malo, Corentin of Quimper, Paternus/Padarn, Goueznou).

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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Horstman, Carl, Nova legenda Anglie: as collected by John of Tynemouth, John Capgrave and others, 2 vols, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1901.
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