Eleanor Parker–Some Medieval Texts for Michaelmas

Lo, we honour widely throughout the earth
the high-angel’s tide in harvest,
Michael, as the multitude know,
five nights after the equinox day.

St Michael, dragon-slayer, guardian of humanity and weigher of souls, was immensely popular in the medieval period, and in this post are four pieces about St Michael by medieval English writers: a Latin sequence by the eighth-century Northumbrian scholar Alcuin; an English homily from c.990 by Ælfric; a prayer in verse by John Lydgate (c.1370”“c.1451); and a homily by John Mirk (fl. c.1382”“c.1414). Illustrations are from English manuscripts in the British Library and from some churches I’ve recently visited.

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