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Anglo-Saxon England


  • Page extent: 344 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.5 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521038621)

Manuscripts are the form of evidence most studied in this volume: the likely seventh- and eighth-century English ownership of a fifth-century copy of a Hieronymian commentary is meticulously reconstructed; an edition and full discussion of the eighth-century Anglian collection of royal genealogies and regnal lists advance our understanding of this difficult material; and it is shown that most of the drawings in the Junius codex of Old English poetry probably derived from an illustrated copy of an Old Saxon poem on Genesis which came to this country in the middle of the ninth century. Vernacular literature is well represented: two leading features of narrative technique are examined, one in Beowulf, the greatest surviving poem of the age, and the other in the works of Ælfric, perhaps its greatest writer of prose. A wide-ranging survey of some of the main problems in the modern-day study of Anglo-Saxon coinage makes a fundamental contribution both to that study itself and to the understanding of it by those in other specializations.


List of illustrations; Preface; 1. Cuthswith, seventh-century abbess of Inkberrow, near Worcester, and the Würzburg manuscript of Jerome on Ecclesiastes Patrick Sims-Williams; 2. The Anglian collection of royal genealogies and regnal lists David N. Dumville; 3. The authenticating voice in Beowulf Stanley B. Greenfield; 4. The ideal of men dying with their lord in the Germania and in The Battle of Maldon Rosemary Woolf; 5. Ælfric's use of discourse in some saints' lives Ruth Waterhouse; 6. Caesarius of Arles and Old English literature Joseph B. Trahern Jr; 7. A supplement to Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon N. R. Ker; 8. The probable derivation of most of the illustrations in Junius II from an illustrated Old Saxon Genesis Barbara Raw; 9. The palaeography of the Parker manuscript of the Chronicle, laws and Sedulius, and historiography at Winchester in the late ninth and tenth centuries M. B. Parkes; 10. Some problems in interpreting Anglo-Saxon coinage Stewart Lyon; 11. Beginnings continued: a decade of studies of Old English prose Milton McC. Gatch; 12. Bibliography for 1975 Martin Biddle, Alan Brown, T. J. Brown, Peter A. Clayton and Peter Hunter Blair; Index to volumes 1–5.

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