Francis Young

Thomas Becket before Henry II, English manuscript, 14th century © Bridgeman Images.

An audacious plan to install an English saint as the patron saint of Ireland.

English resistance: miniature showing Edmund’s death, from  ‘The Lives of St Edmund and  St Fremund’, c.1450. (Bridgeman Images)

The cult of the quintessentially English saint was the product of the Vikings who defeated him.