Hugh Magennis, Mary Swan's A Companion to Ælfric (Brill's Companions to the Christian PDF

By Hugh Magennis, Mary Swan

ISBN-10: 9004176810

ISBN-13: 9789004176812

This assortment offers a brand new, authoritative and hard learn of the lifestyles and works of AElfric of Eynsham, an important vernacular non secular author within the heritage of Anglo-Saxon England. The participants comprise just about all of the foremost AElfric students operating this present day and a few vital more recent voices. all the chapters is a state of the art piece of labor which addresses one point of AElfric's works or occupation. The chapters are organised topically, instead of by way of chronology, style or biography, and among them hide the full AElfrician corpus and the main contextual matters; attention of AElfric's Latin writings is thoroughly built-in with that of his outdated English works. AElfric reviews are presently a relevant component to Anglo-Saxon reviews, yet whereas up to now there was loads of special paintings on a few points of AElfric, this assortment offers the 1st evaluate. participants: Hugh Magennis, Joyce Hill, Christopher A. Jones, Mechthild Gretsch, M. R. Godden, Catherine Cubitt, Thomas N. corridor, Robert ok. Upchurch, Mary Swan, Clare A. Lees, Gabriella Corona, Kathleen Davis, Jonathan Wilcox, Aaron J Kleist and Elaine Treharne.

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However, as Lapidge notes, following Gneuss, it is likely that Ælfric was ‘simply repeating grammatical examples he had learned in the school of Æthelwold, who was taught and ordained by Dunstan’,6 which leaves us with no reason to depart from the traditional date of c. 955 × 957. The date of Ælfric’s death is likewise unknown. 7 This leads him to conclude that Ælfric died between 1020 and 1025. But Whitelock8 has demonstrated that the witness list of the will cannot be relied upon and that 3 For the quotation from the preface to CH I, see below p.

41–3; Brandeis, Die Alliteration in Ælfric’s metrischen Homilien; Luick, ‘Englische Metrik: Geschichte der Heimischen Versarten’; Sievers, Metrische Studien IV. 57 Previous literary discussions of Ælfric’s writing had universally expressed admiration for the ordinary prose of his early period, finding it clear and elegant, but had generally regarded his later style unfavourably. 61 Gerould sought to rescue Ælfric’s alliterative style from such assaults. ‘Instead of writing formless verse [. 62 There was much more to come on the topic of Ælfric’s alliterative style, as there was also on another key field of study opened up in this period, that of the investigation of Ælfric’s sources.

See also Lerer, Error and the Academic Self, pp. 55–101; Lerer, using language less diplomatic than Lees’, highlights the persistence of progressivism in Anglo-Saxon studies (p. 55) and the resistance to theory evident in work of the past two decades (p. 56). 95 Lees, ‘Analytical Survey 7’, p. 251. 96 The past couple of decades also saw the establishment of large-scale collaborative source projects on Anglo-Saxon literature, viz. 100 Surely the justification of source study projects is not as enterprises for their own sake but as resources enabling informed apprehension and interpretation of texts, based on an understanding of their relationship with other texts.

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