St Cuthman, the wheelbarrow saint – Life now online in English

I have today completed my translation of the medieval “Life” of St Cuthman.  Unlike most anglosaxon saints, Cuthman was a peasant.  He founded the church of Steyning in Sussex.  He is noted for carrying his mother about with him in a wheelbarrow!

Here is the translation, together with the text that I translated and some introductory material:

The files may also be found at Archive.org here.

As usual, these files are public domain.  Do whatever you like with them, whether personal, educational or commercial.

A 14th century manuscript, the Luttrell Psalter, preserves a depiction of a cart almost identical to St Cuthman’s wheelbarrow:

Luttrell psalter (BL add ms 42130), f.186r – medieval invalid carriage like St Cuthman’s wheelbarrow

It does not look very comfortable to me!

It has taken almost a year to complete the translation of this short piece, with a six month break for work in the middle.  I have worked on it fairly carefully, as a vehicle to add syntactical information to my Latin tool, QuickLatin.  No doubt it still contains errors, but it is the first complete English translation known to me.

2 thoughts on “St Cuthman, the wheelbarrow saint – Life now online in English

  1. Excellent work! Thank you for making available this piece of hagiographa about a 8th century Anglo-Saxon Christian from a 11th century monk’s perspective (and perhaps imagination). What is your opinion on how careful such composers were of hagiographa were in this time period to relate historical detail more than made-up fanciful narrative for public consumption and making money and prestige for the monastery?

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