St Alban is the earliest martyr from Roman Britain and his sainthood was celebrated from the fourth century onwards.  The centuries after his martyrdom were, however, also the most mysterious in the island’s history. Fortunately, the cult of St Alban allows historians to piece together a little of what occurred after the end of Roman Britain. During this study day we will examine first what we know about St Alban (and St Amphibalus, who introduced Alban to the Christian faith), then trace the history of their cults into the twelfth century, using texts written about these saints to discuss the history of Christianity in early medieval Britain.

Tutor: Dr Sihong Lin, University of Manchester

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