The Cross cult, King Oswald, and Elizabethan historiography

  title={The Cross cult, King Oswald, and Elizabethan historiography},
  author={P. Stapleton},
  journal={British Catholic History},
  pages={32 - 57}
In Thomas Stapleton’s The History of the Church of Englande (1565), the first modern English translation of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, the cross cult is promoted as a definitive element of English religious and national identity, via the legend of the Saxon king Oswald. The version of the legend in Stapleton’s narrative, which includes textual supplements like illustrations, appears to be intended as a corrective in light of attacks upon the cross cult made in works of… Expand