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IWIG

R. C. LOVE


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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780470656327.2014.x


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Iwig, St, trained as monk under * Cuthbert in seventh-century * Northumbria , was inspired to follow the Irish tradition of exile for Christ's sake, and therefore got into the first boat he found, which took him to Brittany, where he settled to the eremitical life, until his death. This story occurs in * Goscelin 's Life of St * Eadgyth of Wilton, which includes the account of how a group of Breton clergy arrived at Wilton Abbey seeking hospitality. They had with them Iwig's relics, which they deposited, for the duration of their visit, on St Eadgyth's altar in the abbey church. When they decided to leave, the reliquary was found to be immovable, resisting all the Bretons’ best efforts, so the abbess, Wulfthryth, gave them 2,000 solidi as a consolation, and they returned to Brittany. This story may have been the hagiographer's circumlocution for the purchase (or possibly theft) of Iwig's relics. His feast was celebrated on 8 October at Wilton, and also at * Winchester and * Worcester . A. Wilmart, ‘La légende de Ste Édithe en prose et vers par le moine Goscelin’, AB 56 (1938), 5–101, 265–307, at 273–4; Blair, ‘Handlist’, p. 541. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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