The Intellectual Foundations Of The English Benedictine Reform by Mechthild GretschThe Intellectual Foundations Of The English Benedictine Reform by Mechthild Gretsch

The Intellectual Foundations Of The English Benedictine Reform

byMechthild Gretsch

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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This book explores the foundations of the intellectual renaissance in late-tenth-century England, including both the English Benedictine reform and the establishment by Æthelwold, Bishop of Winchester, of his influential school. The early stages of Æthelwold's scholarly career are explored and new light is shed on the role which King Æthelstan's cosmopolitan court played. Two widely influential Old English texts are definitively attributed to Æthelwold and his circle, which attest to the importance that the reformers attached to the vernacular.
Title:The Intellectual Foundations Of The English Benedictine ReformFormat:PaperbackDimensions:484 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.06 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521030528

ISBN - 13:9780521030526


Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Psalters and psalter glosses in Anglo-Saxon England; 3. The vocabulary of the Royal Psalter; 4. The Royal Psalter and the Rule: lexical and stylistic links; 5. The Aldhelm glosses; 6. Word usage in the Royal Psalter, the Rule and the Aldhelm glosses; 7. 'thelwold and the Old English Rule; 8.'thelwold and the Royal Psalter; 9. 'thelwold and the Aldhelm glosses; 10. French and German loan influence; 11. Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Indexes.

Editorial Reviews

"...richly detailed and densely argued...a study strong and clear in the unfolding of its specifics...Gretsch has illuminated the late-tenth-century cultural milieu by her careful research into its bilingual relations. She has herself constructed a foundation for new directions in the field." Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies