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Swithun, St

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A product of the late tenth-century monastic reformation, the cult of St Swithun was developed for the purpose of validating the reform of the Old Minster, Winchester. Though it was re-worked many times, in no less than twelve hagiographical works, the core ideas of the saint’s legend can be traced to Lantfred’s Translatio et miracula sancti Swithuni, a work composed between 971 and 975.