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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Alpost 3VII

[2] er hiekkt á krossi ‘[you] who hung upon a cross’: The wording is reminiscent of some of the accounts of Andrew’s crucifixion in the lists of Apostles which preface the Hieronymian Martyrologies (cf. Brev. 3; IO 69), which describe Andrew as cruci suspensus ‘suspended on a cross’. But it is not possible to point to a specific source for such a commonplace detail. Accounts of S. Andrew’s passion generally emphasise that he was tied, rather than nailed, to a cross (see Note to Andr 2/2; cf. Cross 1979, 170; Foote 1976, 153, 154, 159-60).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Brev. = [Anonymous] ‘Incipit breviarium Apostolorum ex nomine vel locis ubi praedicaverunt, orti vel obiti sunt’. In Acta Sanctorum Novembris collecta digesta illustrata II.2, 3-4.
  3. Cross, James E. 1979. ‘Cynewulf’s traditions about the apostles in Fates of the Apostles’. ASE 8, 163-75.
  4. IO = Gómez, César C., ed. 1985. [Isidore of Seville] De ortu et obitu patrum. Auteurs Latins du Moyen Age. Paris: Société d’Editions ‘Les Belles Lettres’.
  5. Internal references
  6. Ian McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Andréasdrápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 847-8.


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