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Learning and Literature in Anglo-Saxon England
Studies Presented to Peter Clemoes on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday


Peter Hunter Blair, Michael Lapidge, Helmut Gneuss, Simon Keynes, Patrick Sims-Williams, J. E. Cross, Michael Korhammer, M. R. Gooden, D. G. Scragg, Susan Rankin, M. McC. Gatch, E. G. Stanley, Janet Bately
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  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521128711

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  • Originally published in 1985, fourteen leading specialists in the field of Anglo-Saxon studies contributed to this substantial collection of essays in honour of Peter Clemoes, founder of Anglo-Saxon England, who had recently retired as Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Cambridge. The book is divided into two complementary parts. The first looks at the background to Anglo-Saxon learning, in particular at the composition of monastic and private libraries and the nature of the individual works available in them. The second examines the contents and sources of individual texts and reviews the problems of interpretation and transmission these pose for scholars. Many of these essays deal with complex and difficult materials like manuscripts and liturgical sources that are fundamental to the interpretation of Old English literature and to Anglo-Saxon culture in general.

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521128711
    • length: 492 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    The writings of Peter Clemoes
    Part I. The Background: Books, Libraries and Learning in Anglo-Saxon England:
    1. Whitby as a centre of learning in the seventh century Peter Hunter Blair
    2. Surviving booklists from Anglo-Saxon England Michael Lapidge
    3. Liturgical books in Anglo-Saxon England and their Old English terminology Helmut Gneuss
    4. King Athelstan's books Simon Keynes
    Part II. The Texts: Texts, Sources and Interpretations:
    5. Thoughts on Ephrem the Syrian in Anglo-Saxon England Patrick Sims-Williams
    6. On the library of the Old English Martyrologist J. E. Cross
    7. The orientation system in the Old English Orosius: shifted or not? Michael Korhammer
    8. Anglo-Saxons on the mind M. R. Gooden
    9. The homilies of the Blickling manuscript D. G. Scragg
    10. The liturgical background of the Old English Advent lyrics: a reappraisal Susan Rankin
    11. The Office in late Anglo-Saxon monasticism M. McC. Gatch
    12. The Judgement of the Damned (from Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 201 and other manuscripts), and the definition of Old English verse E. G. Stanley
    13. Beowulf and the judgement of the righteous Stanley B. Greenfield
    14. Linguistic evidence as a guide to the authorship of Old English verse: a reappraisal, with special reference to Beowulf Janet Bately

  • Editors

    Michael Lapidge

    Helmut Gneuss


    Peter Hunter Blair, Michael Lapidge, Helmut Gneuss, Simon Keynes, Patrick Sims-Williams, J. E. Cross, Michael Korhammer, M. R. Gooden, D. G. Scragg, Susan Rankin, M. McC. Gatch, E. G. Stanley, Janet Bately

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