Sv. Eteldreda iz Vzhodne Anglije in sv. Mildreda iz Kenta. Skupna hagiografska perspektiva: dve različni zgodbi

  • Alenka Divjak
Ključne besede: hagiografija, Anglija, 7. stol., zgodnje krščanstvo, ženske, svetnice, legende svetnikov, sv. Eteldreda, sv. Mildreda


Članek obravnava – v luči primerjalne književnosti in z vidika literarne zvrsti življenja svetnikov – usodi sv. Eteldrede iz Vzhodne Anglije in sv. Mildrede iz Kenta, ki sta kot opatinji dveh uglednih samostanov zapustili opazno sled v hagiografiji anglosaške Anglije. Kljub vpetosti obeh svetnic v isti hagiografski vzorec deviških svetnic kraljevskega rodu pa obstajajo opazne razlike med njima, ki pridejo do izraza v obravnavanih hagiografskih besedilih. Te razlike potrjujejo, da so življenja svetnikov kljub svoji konvencionalni naravi dopuščala določeno tematsko prožnost. V resnici je prav kombinacija rigidnosti in prožnosti tista kvaliteta, ki spreminja literarno zvrst življenja svetnikov v hvaležen predmet raziskav na področju primerjalne književnosti.


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