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St Cuthbert's Corpse: A Life After Death

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The miracle of St Cuthbert's incorrupt corpse has been the subject of much fascination since his death over thirteen-hundred years ago, inspiring pilgrims, monks, and even the construction of Durham Cathedral itself. Throughout the centuries, Cuthbert's coffin has been opened on six occasions. For the first time, accounts of these openings have been brought together in a s ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Sacristy Press (first published June 24th 2013)
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Jay Maxfield
After my recent visit to Durham Cathedral & Lindisfarne Priory - I realised how little I knew about St. Cuthbert who was an iconic saint of northern England - I only knew that he was an important early monk at a time that mainland Britain was still converting to Christianity. I purchased the book at Durham Cathedral as part of my donation to the cathedral as they don't charge an admission fee like York Minister. The book takes an unusual approach - rather than look at the history of St. Cuthbert ...more
Devyn
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from Goodreads.

St Cuthbert's Corpse is a interesting little book. It's very short. and gets right to the point of interest, which I like because I don't think I could read a 300 page book full of those confusing passages of ancient scripture.
My take on the book is that the church used poor, old, humble Cuthbert for material and spiritual gain. They got rich off that old mummy, and probably still continue to do so from the skeleton even today.
I would like to read a report on
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Jude
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The remains of St Cuthbert are said to reside inside Durham Cathedral. As with many saints, St Cuthbert became somewhat more famous after his death, which occurred in the year 687. The tale of St Cuthbert’s journey to its final resting place has much local fame, with several tales having emerged as to why Cuthbert may have ended up in Durham including the well-known ‘Dun Cow’ story. Perhaps most significant, however, are the stories surrounding St Cuthbert’s imperishable corpse. Thirteen hundred ...more
David Lowther
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
David Willem's St Cuthbert's Corpse is short, meticulously researched, very well written and referenced and with a very useful bibliography. It's no dusty religious tract but a fascinating story without an ending.

The tale of St Cuthbert's coffin's journey from Lindisfarne to its final resting place in Durham is well known. Not so, however, the legend of his life after death. Six times over the past thirteen hundred years has been opened and examined. More than two hundred years after his death i
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Rachel
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good summary of the journey through place and time which the body of St Cuthbert has taken. It is particularly interesting if you know Durham Cathedral, but is not restricted to place. It prompts consideration of the changing attitudes to sainthood and to death, without being a heavy read.
Carol
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a special link with St Cuthbert. I don't know why, but his shrine in Durham Cathedel is the one place that gives me a sense of peace. I could sit in there all day & be quite content. Reading this book, made me quite cross. How can anyone treat a dead person like that, whether he is a Saint or not!! I hope now he can rest in peace forever. ...more
Curtis Runstedler
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating albeit brief introduction to the miracles and physiology of St Cuthbert after death, and its aftermath in the later centuries. While the author does a fine job describing Cuthberts shrine and corporeal incorruptibility, I would have liked to have heard more about the social history and effects at the time.
Dave
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A most enjoyable look at the story of St Cuthbert. An era of history I find absolutely fascinating, this book takes a very different angle from your average history or biography and is all the more interesting for it.
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