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

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-04
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

The writings of Peter Clemoes
The Background: Books, Libraries and Learning in Anglo-Saxon England
Whitby as a centre of learning in the seventh century
Surviving booklists from Anglo-Saxon England
Liturgical books in Anglo-Saxon England and their Old English terminology
King Athelstan's books
The Texts: Texts, Sources and Interpretations
Thoughts on Ephrem the Syrian in Anglo-Saxon England
On the library of the Old English Martyrologist
The orientation system in the Old English Orosius: shifted or not?
Anglo-Saxons on the mind
The homilies of the Blickling manuscript
The liturgical background of the Old English Advent lyrics: a reappraisal
The Office in late Anglo-Saxon monasticism
The Judgement of the Damned (from Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 201 and other manuscripts), and the definition of Old English verse
Beowulf and the judgement of the righteous
Linguistic evidence as a guide to the authorship of Old English verse: a reappraisal, with special reference to Beowulf
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