- 昭和女子大学女性文化研究所紀要 = Bulletin of the Institute of Women's Culture, Showa Women's University (ISSN:09160957)
- no.43, pp.1-25, 2016-03-31
AElfric (c.955-c.1010) composed Lives of Saints at the request of AEthelweard and AEthelmæ, who were known as strong supporters of Benedictine Reform in the 10th century England. In the Lives, he dealt with "married saints" as well as church men, kings, soldiers and female virgin martyrs in order to strengthen Christian faith among monks and keen lay audience as his patrons. AElfric's concern about married saints, who preserve virginity in marriage, is unique because no other contemporary authors such as Wulfstan treated this sensitive issue, which could disturb the boundary between secular and sacred lives and give rise to religious disputes.Latin Lives originally came from the continent to England and it had been received by English authors such as Aldhelm in the 7th century, Bede in the 8th century and anonymous authors of Old English Martyrology in the 9th century. In the process of transmission, the original texts, including married saints, had been changed consciously or unconsciously by the authors, which are expected to reflect authors' intentions. This paper provides deplomatic texts of three couples of married saints (Julian and Basilissa, Cecilia and Valerian and Chrythansus and Daria) in AElfric's Lives of Saints on the basis of the early eleventh century English manuscript (Cotton Julius E Vii), comparing with the former two editions, Skeat (1898-1900) and Upchurch (2007), so that they could allow us for close examination of AElfric's treatment of these saints.