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

By Hugh Magennis, Mary Swan

This assortment offers a brand new, authoritative and tough learn of the lifestyles and works of AElfric of Eynsham, crucial vernacular spiritual author within the historical past of Anglo-Saxon England. The members comprise just about all of the main AElfric students operating this day and a few vital more recent voices. all of the chapters is a state-of-the-art piece of labor which addresses one element of AElfric's works or occupation. The chapters are organised topically, instead of through chronology, style or biography, and among them disguise the full AElfrician corpus and the key contextual concerns; attention of AElfric's Latin writings is punctiliously built-in with that of his previous English works. AElfric reviews are at the moment a principal portion of Anglo-Saxon stories, yet whereas so far there was loads of specified paintings on a few elements of AElfric, this assortment presents the 1st evaluation. individuals: 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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36 joyce hill Since he went to Cerne as masspriest as well as monk, as he himself tells us,3 he must have been at least thirty years old, since this was the minimum canonical age for ordination to the priesthood. In c. 1005 he transferred to Eynsham (modern Oxfordshire) as abbot, and it was presumably there that he died. The date of Ælfric’s birth is unknown but it could not be later than c. 957, given that he was priested when he went to Cerne; and it could well be earlier than that, since there is nothing to suggest that the move to Cerne was the cause of his priesting or, if it were, that he was only thirty at the time.

E. G. Stanley recounts a telling exchange in Germany between Heinrich Leo and Ludwig Ettmüller following the publication of Leo’s selection so much neglected at home, and so successfully cultivated by foreign philologists’ (p. iii; quoted by Pulsiano, ‘Benjamin Thorpe’, p. 82). 32 Frantzen, ‘By the Numbers’, p. 476; Frantzen also discusses Henry Sweet’s grumbles about the influence of German scholarship in England, Frantzen, ‘By the Numbers’, pp. 476–7; see also, giving more detail, Frantzen, Desire for Origins, pp.

By the end of the first quarter of the twentieth century reliable editions of most, but not all, of Ælfric’s writings were available (as explained below, gaps still exist even today), and detailed studies of major aspects of his work were appearing, covering not only language and textual criticism but also style and source study, concerns that would become enduring themes in subsequent Ælfric scholarship. Thus, on Ælfric’s language, there is a steady stream of publications throughout the closing decades of the nineteenth century and the opening ones of the twentieth, many of which started life as dissertations in German universities; some were also American dissertations, this 51 LS II, p.

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