Leicester University Press, 1982, first edition. Rollason, DW. Hardback, condition: used very good. Dj not price clipped, shelf wear, black boards with silver lettering, slight bumping and reading creases. Binding firm, pages clean and bright. Some damage to upper corners of front paste down and ffep torn (see photo). This book broke new ground by showing how the legends of saints can reveal the attitudes and conceptions of past ages. Focusing on St Mildrith, abbess of Minister-in-Thanet, Kent around AD700, Rollason traces the legend concerning her and her relatives from the 8th to the 11th centuries showing how each phase of development of the legend reflected the patterns and processes of thought in Anglo-Saxon and Norman England. Moving from the 8th century pre-occupation with Kent, through the nature and sanctity of kingship in the 10th century to the influence of continental scholarship and the integration of Norman ecclesiastics into the English church in the 11th century this study pointed the way to new directions in the study of early English history and the exploration of hitherto neglected hagiographical sources.