St Bega – Myth, Maiden, or Bracelet? An Insular Cult and its Origins

Clare Elizabeth Downham

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    This short article examines the origins of the cult of St Bega in Ireland and Britain. Insular and Scandinavian analogues of her Life are explored and so is the popularity of Celtic saints in northern Europe during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This topic can shed light on broader issues of cultural identity in the Irish Sea Region during the middle ages.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-42
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Medieval History
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


    • St Bega
    • Vikings
    • Irish saints
    • Bede

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