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Rewriting Old English in the Twelfth Century

Rewriting Old English in the Twelfth Century


Part of Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England

Elaine M. Treharne, Mary Swan, Susan Irvine, Jonathan Wilcox, Loredana Teresi, Joana Proud, Susan Rosser, Roy Michael Liuzza, Phillip Pulsiano, Wendy Collier
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  • Date Published: August 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521623728

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  • This collection of essays, first published in 2000, aims to redefine the limits of Old English scholarship by studying some of the recent reworkings of texts composed earlier in the Anglo-Saxon period and their implications for the development of literary production across time. The essays in the volume constitute recent work on a wide range of texts, including homilies, saints' lives, psalters and biblical material; some focus on individual manuscripts incorporating palaeographic and orthographic studies; others use modern critical theory to examine later Old English texts; and all highlight the need to redefine our attitude to late recopying. The volume engages with important issues, including the nature of textual transmission and recomposition and its relationship to late Old English reader-response; attitudes to earlier material as evidenced in its recopying and adaptation; and the character of surviving manuscripts and what these tell us about the twelfth-century scribes and scriptoria, reading and readers.

    • Innovative approaches and the results of recent research
    • Attention to and evaluation of primary materials, including manuscripts, not previously edited
    • Coherent overview of a newer field of scholarship, opening up directions for research
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The scholarship of the volume is meticulous.' Graham Holderness, The Times Literary Supplement

    'This is a splendid volume, bringing to the fore an area of Anglo-Saxon studies which has been much neglected or devalued in the past.' Medium Aevum

    'The essays are highly technical and deeply learned, but together push open a door into a neglected world.' Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature

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    • Date Published: August 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521623728
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction Elaine M. Treharne and Mary Swan
    2. The production and script of manuscripts containing English religious texts in the first half of the twelfth century Elaine M. Treharne
    3. The compilation and use of manuscripts containing Old English in the twelfth century Susan Irvine
    4. Ælfric's Catholic Homilies in the twelfth century Mary Swan
    5. Wulfstan and the twelfth century Jonathan Wilcox
    6. Mnemonic transmission of Old English texts in the post-Conquest period Loredana Teresi
    7. Old English prose saints' lives in the twelfth century: the evidence of the extant manuscripts Joana Proud
    8. Old English prose saints' lives in the twelfth century: the Life of Martin in Bodley 343 Susan Rosser
    9. Scribal habit: the evidence of the Old English Gospels Roy Michael Liuzza
    10. The Old English gloss of the Eadwine Psalter Phillip Pulsiano
    11. The Tremulous Worcester Hand and Gregory's Pastoral Care Wendy Collier
    Index of manuscripts
    General index.

  • Editors

    Mary Swan, University of Leeds

    Elaine M. Treharne, University of Leicester


    Elaine M. Treharne, Mary Swan, Susan Irvine, Jonathan Wilcox, Loredana Teresi, Joana Proud, Susan Rosser, Roy Michael Liuzza, Phillip Pulsiano, Wendy Collier

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