A History of Old English Literature by R. D. Fulk

By R. D. Fulk

This revised version of A historical past of previous English Literature attracts generally at the most up-to-date scholarship to have developed over the past decade. The textual content contains extra fabric all through, together with new chapters on Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and incidental and marginal texts.

  • This revised version responds to the renewed historicism in medieval studies
  • Provides wide-ranging assurance, together with Anglo-Latin literature in addition to non-canonical writings
  • Includes new chapters on manuscripts and on marginal and incidental texts
  • Incorporates improved assurance of felony texts and clinical and scholastic texts, now taken care of in separate chapters
  • Demonstrates that the sphere of Anglo-Saxon stories is uniquely positioned to give a contribution to present literary debates

Content:
Chapter none advent (pages 1–41):
Chapter 1 The Chronology and different types of previous English Literature (pages 42–57):
Chapter 2 Anglo?Saxon Manuscripts (pages 58–82):
Chapter three Literature of the Alfredian interval (pages 83–111):
Chapter four Homilies (pages 112–132):
Chapter five Saints’ Legends (pages 133–156): Rachel S. Anderson
Chapter 6 Biblical Literature (pages 157–176):
Chapter 7 Liturgical and Devotional Texts (pages 177–210):
Chapter eight felony Texts (pages 211–226):
Chapter nine medical and Scholastic Texts (pages 227–240):
Chapter 10 knowledge Literature and Lyric Poetry (pages 241–277):
Chapter eleven Germanic Legend and Heroic Lay (pages 278–328):
Chapter 12 Additions, Annotations, and Marginalia (pages 329–353):

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102). See Whitelock 1930: 14, line 23 (charter 1488 in the numeration of Sawyer 1968). Godden (2007: 6) regards it as extremely improbable that Æthelweard’s Chronicon was composed by Æthelweard himself rather than at his bidding. On the other hand, remarkably, T. Hall (2006) identifies Latin sermons that were preached to an audience that included lay persons in post-Reform Canterbury, though it need not be assumed that the sermons were understood, especially as both Ælfric and Wulfstan urged bishops to preach to their clergy in the vernacular.

For general introductions to the Reform, see F. Stenton 1971: 433–69 and Barlow 1979: 311–38; for a discussion of more recent studies, Cubitt 1997; and for further references, Keynes 2004a. On the vocabulary of Late West Saxon, see Gneuss 1972, Hofstetter 1987, 1988, and Gretsch 1999. Introduction 31 32 33 34 35 39 Clemoes (1966), Hurt (1972), Wilcox (1994: 1–65), Kleist (2001), Gneuss (2009), and Joyce Hill (2009) furnish substantial introductions to Ælfric and his works; for bibliography see Reinsma 1987, supplemented by Kleist 2000.

989–ca. 1010), abbot of Eynsham; Wulfstan (d. 1023), archbishop of York and bishop of Worcester; and Byrhtferth (fl. ca. 993–ca. 1016), a Benedictine monk of Ramsey. 31 Not surprisingly, given his background and his patronage, his writings are devoted to the instruction of both lay persons and monks. Thus, although among his Latin writings he did compose, in addition to a pedagogically oriented Colloquy (chapter 9, section 2), two saints’ lives, of Ss. 32 His much larger body of works in Old English is similarly popular in design – for example his Introduction 25 homilies, which are generally translations of Latin texts with clarifying commentary for the unlearned, undertaken, he tells us in the preface to the first series (ed.

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