A miracle story from John LydgateʹsExtra Miracles of St Edmund, c. 1444, suggests that Lydgate instills in his supplicants a willingness to recognize St Edmundʹs shrine both as Edmundʹs miracle-working centre and as Edmund himself:¹
Alle of assent with reuerence we shal seke
Thyn hooly place, oold and yong of age,
With greet avys, lowe our selff and meke,
Contryt of herte, sobre of our visage.
With this avowh come on pylgrymage
Affor thy shryne to thy royal presence,
Prostrat afor the with ffeithfful hool corage,
To our prayere tyl thou yive audience. (EM313–20)²
This passage predicates...