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Author Anonymous
Source Title Anonymous Life of Cuthbert
Date of composition 698x705
Language Latin


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Two Lives of Saint Cuthbert: A Life by an Anonymous Monk of Lindisfarne and Bede's Prose Life Levison, Wilhelm Vita Sancti Cuthberti Auctore Anonymo Cambridge 1940 60-139


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Colgrave, Bertram The Life of St Cuthbert by an Anonymous Author Cambridge 1940 61-139

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1 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.2 Cuthbert 1 took the Petrine tonsure after the shape of the crown of thorns that bound the head of Christ.
2 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.18 A deacon (Anonymous 32) of Bishop Winfrith 1 was healed of his infirmity on two occasions by the relics of Cuthbert 1.
3 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.18 People (Anonymi 212) afflicted with demons declared that the demons deserted them for Cuthbert 1's sake. Some brethren (Anonymi 213), on their part, after asking him for what they required, were provided for according to their desires.
4 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.16 A brother (Anonymous 27) of the household of Bishop Willibrord 1 was seized with a grave illness while staying at Lindisfarne. He was healed while praying before the relics of Cuthbert 1.
5 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.17 A paralytic (Anonymous 30) was brought from another monastery to be cured by the physicians at Lindisfarne. But they failed to cure him. He was cured when he asked to wear the shoes of Cuthbert 1.
6 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.15 A certain father (Anonymous 25) brought his son (Anonymous 24) who was afflicted with a demon to Lindisfarne. There a man of faith (Cynemund 3) gave the boy some water in which he had sprinkled some of the earth from the trench where the water used to wash the body of Cuthbert 1 had been poured.
7 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.14 A council was held by the elders (Anonymi 215) and licence was given by Bishop Eadberht 3 to raise the relics of Cuthbert 1. They found a thing marvellous to relate, namely that the whole body was as undecayed as when they had buried it.
8 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.13 His [Cuthbert 1's] whole body was washed, his head wrapped in a head cloth and an obley placed upon his holy breast. He was robed in his priestly garments, wearing his shoes in readiness to meet Christ and provided with a waxed shroud. He was carried with ship to our island and they placed him with honour in his stone coffin in the church.
9 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.12 Wealhstod 1 suffered from dysentery, but was healed by Cuthbert 1 when he went specially to minister him in his cell.
10 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.10 Cuthbert 1 dedicated a church there. They all sang mass.
11 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.10 Ælfflæd 2 sent a messenger (Anonymous 23) to her monastery to ask which of her brethren had recently died.
12 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.10 While Cuthbert 1 was sitting feasting with Ælfflæd 2, he had a vision and saw the soul of a brother (Hadwald 1) from Ælfflæd 2's monastery being carried to heaven.
13 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.13 After taking communion and lifting up his eyes and hands to heaven, Cuthbert 1 commanded his soul to the Lord, breathed his last, and without a sigh went in the way of his fathers.
14 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.8 King Ecgfrith 4 was ravaging and laying waste the region of the Picts.
15 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.9 Hereberht 3 died at the same time when Cuthbert 1 died.
16 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.9 The death of Cuthbert 1 occurred at the same time when the anchorite Hereberht 3 died.
17 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.8 Cuthbert 1 realised that the war with the Picts was over and that his people had lost.
18 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.9 Cuthbert 1 told Hereberht 3 that they would both die at the same time, as the latter desired.
19 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.8 Ecgfrith 4 was slain.
20 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.8 Cuthbert 1 visited the queen (Eormenburg 1).
21 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.8 Waga 1, the praepositus of the city, conducted Cuthbert 1, some priests and deacons (Anonymi 214) to see the city wall and the well built by the Romans.
22 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.5 Some women (Anonymi 211) brought to Cuthbert 1 a youth (Anonymous 41) who lay on a litter. They sent a messenger (Anonymous 34) to ask Cuthbert to bless him with his holy relics to heal him and ask God's pardon for his sins.
23 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.7 After being invited by Sibba 1 to his village, Cuthbert 1 healed a servant of his (Anonymous 22).
24 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.6 Cuthbert 1 healed the child (Anonymous 70) of a woman (Anonymous 69) who was suffering because of a pestilence.
25 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.7 Sibba 1 invited Cuthbert 1 who came to his village.
26 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.5 At a certain time Cuthbert 1 was making his way from Hexham to Carlisle.
27 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.4 Cuthbert 1 healed a maiden (Anonymous 40) who had suffered great pain in her head and in the whole of one side.
28 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.3 Cuthbert 1 did what Hemma 1 had asked him to do: blessed the water which was carried to Hemma 1's wife (Anonymous 39), who tasted it and recovered at once.
29 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.3 While Cuthbert 1 was preaching in a village, Hemma 1 went to meet the bishop, received him and his company with kindness and ministered to them.
30 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.3 Cuthbert 1 was preaching the word of God to the people and he came to a village in the district of Kintis.
31 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.6 Cuthbert 1 told Ælfflæd 2 that Aldfrith 1 would became the heir of Ecgfrith 4.
32 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.1 Ecgfrith 4, Trumwine 1 and chosen men of Lindisfarne (Anonymi 210) came to him bearing the decision of the council.
33 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iv.1 Cuthbert 1 was elected to the bishopric of Lindisfarne at the request of Ecgfrith 4 and the bishops of the Saxons and all the council.
34 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.6 Cuthbert 1 told Ælfflæd 2 about the length of his future episcopate.
35 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.6 Being asked by Ælfflæd 2, Cuthbert 1 told her that her brother, Ecgfrith 4, would live twelve more months.
36 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.6 Ælfflæd 2 asked Cuthbert 1 to cross the sea and meet her on Coquet Island.
37 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.4 Cuthbert 1 had asked the brethren (Anonymi 223) who came to visit him for some wood twelve feet in length, in order to join the edge of a rock rising from the sea. That same night the sea landed a floating timber where it was to be placed for the building.
38 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.2 Cuthbert 1 managed to build into a wall a stone that four brethren together had not managed to move.
39 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.5 Cuthbert 1 saw two ravens tearing to pieces the roof of the shelter built near the landing-place, and making themselves a nest. After trying to bid them not to do that injury to those who came over the sea, he banished them from the island. After three days one returned to Cuthbert and began to croak loudly, with humble cries asking his pardon. He gave them pardon and both returned to the island, each holding in its beak half of a piece of swine's lard as a gift for him.
40 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.1 Cuthbert 1 put the devils to flight and, digging down almost a cubit of a man into the earth, he made a space to dwell in.
41 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.3 Following the command of Cuthbert 1, the brethren (Anonymi 223) who were visiting him dug the earth in the middle of the floor of his dwelling, looking for water. At once they discovered a fountain of living water which broke out of the rocky ground.
42 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.1 Cuthbert 1 was invited and constrained by Bishop Eata 2 to go to Lindisfarne. He dwelt there according to the Holy Scripture, following the contemplative amid the active life.
43 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  iii.1 Cuthbert 1 arranged the Lindisfarne monks' rule of life, which they composed then for the first time.
44 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.8 Cuthbert 1 told Hildmer 1 that his wife (Eadswith 1) would be healed.
45 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.8 Cuthbert 1 rode with Hildmer 1 to see the latter's wife (Eadswith 1).
46 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.8 The woman (Eadswith 1) came to meet her husband (Hildmer 1) and Cuthbert 1, and at the first touch of the reins, the demon was completely driven away.
47 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.7 Cuthbert 1 preserved the dwellings of his nurse's (Censwith 1) village from a fire started in a house on the eastern edge of the village.
48 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.8 Hildmer 1 set out for the monastery of Cuthbert 1 and explained to him that his wife (Eadswith 1) was sick almost to death.
49 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.5 Cuthbert 1 was going with a boy (Anonymous 37) along the River Teviot and making his way southward, he was teaching the country people among the mountains and baptizing them.
50 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.6 While Cuthbert 1 was teaching, he foresaw the devil tempting his listeners (Anonymi 221) and trying to hinder the hearing of the word of the Lord. Shortly after they heard the noise of fire from a burning house and men shouting. Then, seeing no trace of smoke, they realised they had been deceived.
51 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.5 Cuthbert 1 told the boy (Anonymous 37) who was walking with him that the eagle they saw in the sky would provide them with food. Shortly afterwards they found a large fish left by the eagle on the bank of the river.
52 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.4 After finding the dolphin flesh, Cuthbert 1 said that it would have lasted for three days and that on the fourth day the sea would have been calm for sailing.
53 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.4 Cuthbert 1 with two brethren (Anonymous 35 and Tydi 2) from the monastery of Melrose set sail for the land of the Picts.
54 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.3 Cuthbert 1 took part in the public prayer in the church of God at Coldingham.
55 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.4 Cuthbert 1 and his companions (Anonymous 35 and Tydi 2) reached the region of the Niduari. After some days in great want, and after one night of prayer, Cuthbert suggested they should go and seek, trusting God's mercy. They found three portions of dolphin's flesh.
56 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.3 Cuthbert 1 blessed and healed the cleric (Anonymous 36) who had followed to the seashore him the previous night.
57 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.3 Cuthbert 1 went to the seashore at night, then into the waves and when he came out two sea animals ministered to him, licking his feet, wiping them with their skin and warming them with their breath.
58 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.2 Cuthbert 1 ministered to a guest without knowing he was an angel. After washing his hands and feet, at the third hour of the day, looked for some bread for the guest. Failing to get any, he went back and saw the man had left. Then, when he went back to the storehouse, he found three warm loaves.
59 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.1 Cuthbert 1 very often spent the whole night in prayer, sometimes even enduring a second and a third night.
60 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  ii.3 Cuthbert 1 went to Coldingham monastery, in response to the invitation of Æbbe 2.
61 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  i.5 Aidan 1 died at the same hour of the night as Cuthbert 1 had seen the vision.
62 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  i.6 While Cuthbert 1 was praying and waiting for a storm to cease, during a journey from the south, his horse seized some thatch from the roof of a hut and with it there fell out a warm loaf and meat.
63 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  i.7 Cuthbert 1 saw the soul of a praefectus (Anonymous 33) carried up to the sky on his death.
64 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  i.7 When dwelling in camp with the army, and having only meagre rations, Cuthbert 1 yet lived abundantly all the time.
65 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  i.1-2 The author of the Life (Anonymous 19) describes his work as a result of his obedience to Eadfrith 3 and the whole community of Lindisfarne (Anonymi 208).
66 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  i.4 His knee swelled, his sinews contracted. An angel came riding up to him and told him to cook wheat flour with milk, and anoint his knee with it.
67 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  i.3 While Cuthbert 1 and many other youths (Anonymi 217) gathered together and began to indulge in a variety of games and tricks, a child (Anonymous 29) prophesied on Cuthbert 1's future offices.
68 Event Anon.VitCuthberti  i.5 Cuthbert 1 saw angels ascending and descending and in their hands was borne to heaven a holy soul, as if in a globe of fire.