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St. Cuthbert

( Originally Published 1883 )

Bede relates many miracles performed at his tomb, and adds that eleven years after his death, the monks taking up his body, instead of dust which they expected, found it unputrified, with the joints pliable and the clothes fresh and entire. They put it into a new coffin placed above the pavement over the former grave, and several miracles were there wrought even by touching the clothes which covered the coffin. William of Malmesbury writes that the body was again found incorrupt 415 years afterwards, at Durham, and publicly shown. When the shrine of the saint was plundered and demolished by the order of Henry VIII., the body of St. Cuthbert was found still entire, as Harpsfield testifies.

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