By David Wallace
This is often the 1st full-scale heritage of medieval English literature in approximately a century. Thirty-three members offer details on an unlimited variety of literary texts and the stipulations in their construction and reception. the quantity additionally encompasses a chronology, complete bibliography and a close index. This booklet deals the main huge account on hand of the medieval literatures so enormously reconfigured in Tudor England. it's going to turn out crucial interpreting for students of the Renaissance in addition to medievalists, and for historians in addition to literary experts.
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Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 18 seth lerer Finally, this is a poem that rhymes, and rhyme here, unlike in classical Old English verse, is not an ornament but an organizing principle. It brings lines without regular alliteration into formal coherence; indeed, this is the ﬁrst poem in rhymed couplets in the English language, and its prosodic novelty may have a thematic purpose, too. If this is the work of someone who had dwelled at the Conqueror’s court, then its author would have no doubt heard the couplets of French verse and the stanzas of the Latin hymns and antiphons.
Is eer inne midd heom Æeelwold biscop and breoma bocera Beda, and Boisil abbot, ee clene Cudberte on gecheee lerde lustum, and he his lara wel genom. Eardiæe æt eem eadige in in eem minstre unarimede reliquia, 32. See the remarks in King Alfred’s Preface to the Pastoral Care, ‘eone naman ænne we hæfdon eætte we Cristne wæron, ond swiee feawa ea eeawas’. , Sweet’s Anglo-Saxon Reader, p. 5. Augustine’s Latin reads: ‘non se autem glorietur Christianum, qui nomen habet et facta non habet’ (from Cassidy and Ringler, Bright’s Old English Grammar and Reader, p.
His work puts into practice both the elegiacs and the polemics of the Preface to the Pastoral Care. It culls not only a canon of ‘those books worthy for all men to know’, but re-creates, as well, King Alfred’s nostalgia for a past golden age of English learning. Alfred’s Preface provides the model for constructing a vernacular literary culture in the aftermath of foreign invasions and linguistic change. What the King says about ninth-century Wessex – its learning stripped by Danish invaders and neglected by surviving ecclesiasts – might well be voiced for post-Conquest Worcester.