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By Mark Amodio

The Anglo-Saxon Literature instruction manual offers an obtainable creation to the surviving works of prose and poetry produced in Anglo-Saxon England, from advert 410-1066.

Makes Anglo-Saxon literature available to trendy readers
is helping readers to beat the linguistic, aesthetic and cultural limitations to knowing and appreciating Anglo-Saxon verse and prose
Introduces readers to the language, politics, and faith of the Anglo-Saxon literary world
provides unique readings of such works as Beowulf, The conflict of Maldon, The Wanderer, The Seafarer, and The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

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There have been some attempts to establish dates for texts using linguistic criteria but, again, the evidence often does not provide clear answers in large part because in a­ ddition to dating from roughly the same period, they all may have been produced in the same geographical area and they were all written using the specialized poetic register, one that preserved a rich variety of dialectal (and perhaps rare or even obsolete) forms in the same way that the specialized register of Greek epic, the Homeric Kunstsprache, preserved many ­archaisms.

Under the direction of Æthelwold and with the approval of Dunstan and King Edgar, the Regularis Concordia [Agreement concerning the Rule] was produced, a document that was to direct the course of Anglo-Saxon monasticism throughout the remainder of the period and beyond, and was to provide it with a uniformity of practice that it had hitherto lacked. Although the Norman Conquest was drastically to alter the racial make-up of the English Church’s leaders, the tenets of the Benedictine reform survived it intact and continued to influence the English Church in the centuries to follow.

The East Germanic branch contains Gothic, in which only some ­portions of Bishop Ulfila’s late-fourth-century translation of the Gospels and Pauline epistles survive. The West Germanic branch includes not just OE, but Old High German, Old Saxon, and Old Frisian. Although OE is the direct ancestor of Modern English (NE), over the past thousand years the language has gone through so many radical changes in its syntax, lexicon, pronunciation, orthography, and spelling that the ­connections between OE and NE are often difficult to see.

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