This article argues that Bede advocated Gregory the Great s ideal of the monk-pastor in his early Vita metrica S. Cudbercti, a role that Bede saw St Cuthbert as fulfilling. Part of the way Bede refashions Cuthbert into an idealised Gregorian monk-pastor is by means of lamp imagery directly connected with Jesus s parable of the lamp under a bushel in the New Testament. Such a presentation of Cuthbert highlights Bede s conception of the wider relevance of the saint; a depiction often discussed in terms of Bede s later prose Vita S. Cudbercti and Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum. This study reveals that these developments were well underway in Bede s early metrical life of St Cuthbert.
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- Visual Arts and Performing Arts
- Linguistics and Language
- Literature and Literary Theory