By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain
This well timed creation to outdated English literature makes a speciality of the construction and reception of outdated English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon heritage and tradition.
• Introduces previous English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on ancient and cultural contexts within the box of medieval reports.
• Treats nearly the whole diversity of textual forms preserved in previous English.
• Considers the creation, reception and makes use of of outdated English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds an important to figuring out outdated English literature.
• deals very large bibliographical advice.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon reviews is uniquely put to give a contribution to present literary debates.
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Extra resources for A History of Old English Literature (Blackwell History of Literature)
This array of fortresses proved effective at compelling the invaders to commit themselves to a sustained war, at which they were not skilled, as opposed to the unexpected raids at which they had been so successful. With the destruction of the churches and monasteries, all ecclesiastical structure in much of the north and east was annihilated; even in the south and west there ceased to be any monastic life (Knowles 1963: 36), though Alfred’s biographer Asser is uncertain whether this is because of the vikings or English lack of discipline (cap.
Book I, after a description of the island of Britain derived entirely from earlier authorities, covers the period from the first, temporary occupation by Julius Caesar in 55–54 BCE to the period just before the death of Pope Gregory the Great (604 CE); Book II extends from Gregory’s death to the slaying of King Edwin of Northumbria (633) at the hands of the pagan King Penda of Mercia, resulting in the apostasy of Northumbria; Book III concerns the replanting of the faith in the north and the conversion of the midland kingdoms; Book IV records the effects of Archbishop Theodore’s reforms and the lives of Ss.
993–ca. 1016), a Benedictine monk of Ramsey. 31 Not surprisingly, given his background and his patronage, his writings are devoted to the instruction of both lay persons and monks. Thus, although among his Latin writings he did compose, in addition to a pedagogically oriented Colloquy (chapter 9, section 2), two saints’ lives, of Ss. 32 His much larger body of works in Old English is similarly popular in design – for example his Introduction 25 homilies, which are generally translations of Latin texts with clarifying commentary for the unlearned, undertaken, he tells us in the preface to the first series (ed.