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Anglo-Saxon England


  • Page extent: 348 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.533 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521038348)

Four very different kinds of Anglo-Saxon thinking are clarified in this volume: traditions, learned and oral, about the settlement of the country, study of foreign-language grammar, interest in exotic jewels as reflections of the glory of God, and a mainly rational attitude to medicine. Publication of no less than three discoveries augments our corpus of manuscript evidence. The nature of Old English poetry is illuminated, and a useful summary of the editorial treatment of textual problems in Beowulf is provided. A re-examination of the accounts of the settlement in Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle yields insights into the processes of Anglo-Saxon learned historiography and oral tradition. A thorough-going analysis of an under-studied major work, Bald's Leechbook, demonstrates that the compiler, perhaps in King Alfred's reign, translated selections from a wide range of Latin texts in composing a well-organized treatise directed against the diseases prevalent in his time. The usual comprehensive bibliography of the previous year's publications in all branches of Anglo-Saxon studies rounds off the book.


List of illustrations; 1. The settlement of England in Bede and the Chronicle Patrick Sims-Williams; 2. The study of Latin grammar in eighth-century Southumbria Vivien Law; 3. Lapidary traditions in Anglo-Saxon England: part II, Bede's Explanatio Apocalypsis and related works Peter Kitson; 4. A fragment of Bede's De Temporum Ratione in the public record office Michael Roper; 5. A fragment of an early-tenth-century Anglo-Saxon manuscript and its significance M. B. Parkes; 6. Neumed Boethian metra from Canterbury: a newly recovered leaf of Cambridge, University Library, Gg. 5.35 (the 'Cambridge Songs' manuscript) M. T. Gibson, M. Lapidge and C. Page; 7. Bald's Leechbook: its sources and their use in its compilation M. L. Cameron; 8. Literary art and oral tradition in Old English and Serbian poetry John Miles Foley; 9. A reading of Andreas: the poem as poem Edward B. Irving Jr; 10. The formative stages of Beowulf textual scholarship: part II Birte Kelly; 11. Bibliography for 1982 Carl T. Berkhout, Martin Biddle, Mark Blackburn, T. J. Brown, C. R. E. Coutts and Simon Keynes.


Patrick Sims-Williams, Vivien Law, Peter Kitson, Michael Roper, M. B. Parkes, M. T. Gibson, M. Lapidge, C. Page, M. L. Cameron, John Miles Foley, Edward B. Irving, Jr, Birte Kelly, Carl T. Berkhout, Martin Biddle, Mark Blackburn, T. J. Brown, C. R. E. Coutts, Simon Keynes

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