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Anglo-Saxon England


  • Page extent: 344 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.518 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521038461)

The vitality of Anglo-Saxon studies is reflected in the continuing acquisition of fresh knowledge and perspectives gained from the combination of disparate but complementary skills and disciplines. Evidence presented in this book reveals unsuspected aspects of the influence of Aldhelm's Latin poetry in early medieval Spain. The many non-runic inscriptions which have been discovered since 1980 are catalogued and analysed. Comprehensive analysis of a little-understood Latin source of the Old English medical treatise known as Bald's Leechbook throws light not only on the English text but also, surprisingly, on the transmissional history of the Latin source. The decoration of an important manuscript from the early tenth century, the Tanner Bede, is set in the context of tenth-century developments in manuscript illumination, and the analysis of the Regularis concordia from an architectural point of view permits fresh understanding of the layout of monastic churches in the later Anglo-Saxon period. 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. Record of the fifth conference of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, at Stony Brook, New York, 22–6 July 1991; 2. The transmission of Aldhelm's writings in early medieval Spain Andrew Breeze; 3. Cultural assimilation in the Anglo-Saxon royal genealogies Craig R. Davis; 4. A second supplement to Hand-List of Anglo-Saxon Non-Runic Inscriptions Elisabeth Okasha; 5. Bald's Leechbook and the Physica Plinii J. N. Adams and Marilyn Deegan; 6. The decoration of the Tanner Bede Richard Gameson; 7. The architectural interest of the Regularis Concordia Mark Spurrell; 8. King Edgar's reliquary of St Swithun John Crook; 9. Ælfric and Smaragdus Joyce Hill; 10. Crying wolf: oral style and the Sermones Lupi A. P. McD. Orchard; 11. Bibliography for 1991 Carl T. Berkhout, Martin Biddle, Mark Blackburn, Sarah Foot, Alexander Rumble and Simon Keynes.

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