Anglo-Saxon England

October 11, 2007|
Anglo-Saxon England by Peter Clemoes
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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...
Title:Anglo-Saxon England
Product dimensions:348 pages, 8.98 X 5.98 X 0.75 in
Shipping dimensions:348 pages, 8.98 X 5.98 X 0.75 in
Published:October 11, 2007
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780521038348

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