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Anglo-Saxon England


  • Page extent: 352 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.705 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521249188 | ISBN-10: 052124918X)

Several unusual fields of study are extensively explored in this volume: a distinctive politico-religious cult, penitentials, inscriptions, the Sutton Hoo whetstone and medical knowledge; while treatments of more 'standard' subjects like late Anglo-Saxon law, King Alfred's Boethius and Beowulf, lead to unusual conclusions. A phenomenon special to Anglo-Saxon England is given a full and separate treatment in a careful and imaginative analysis of the ecclesiastical and political significance of the cults of murdered royal saints. Elizabeth Okasha's Hand-List which has been indispensable to any work on Anglo-Saxon non-runic inscriptions for some time has been refreshed by the description and illustration of twenty-six additional items and by other addenda and corrigenda. 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 cults of murdered royal saints in Anglo-Saxon England D. W. Rollason; 2. The tradition of penitentials in Anglo-Saxon England Allen J. Frantzen; 3. Cnut's law code of 1018 A. G. Kennedy; 4. A supplement to Hand-List of Anglo-Saxon Non-Runic Inscriptions Elisabeth Okasha; 5. The Sutton Hoo whetstone sceptre: a study in iconography and cultural milieu Michael J. Enright; 6. The sources of medical knowledge in Anglo-Saxon England M. L. Cameron; 7. King Alfred's Boethius and its Latin sources: a reconsideration Joseph S. Wittig; 8. 'Warriors' in Beowulf: an analysis of the nominal compounds and an evaluation of the poet's use of them Caroline Brady; 9. The formative stages of Beowulf textual scholarship: part I Birte Kelly; 10. Bibliography for 1981 Carl T. Berkhout, Martin Biddle, T. J. Brown, Peter A. Clayton, C. R. E. Coutts and Simon Keynes.


D. W. Rollason, Allen J. Frantzen, A. G. Kennedy, Elisabeth Okasha, Michael J. Enright, M. L. Cameron, Joseph S. Wittig, Caroline Brady, Birte Kelly, Carl T. Berkhout, Martin Biddle, T. J. Brown, Peter A. Clayton, C. R. E. Coutts, Simon Keynes

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