R. D. Fulk's A History of Old English Literature PDF

By R. D. Fulk

ISBN-10: 1118441133

ISBN-13: 9781118441138

ISBN-10: 1118453239

ISBN-13: 9781118453230

This revised variation of A heritage of previous English Literature attracts commonly at the most recent scholarship to have developed during the last decade. The textual content accommodates extra fabric all through, together with new chapters on Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and incidental and marginal texts.

  • This revised version responds to the renewed historicism in medieval studies
  • Provides wide-ranging insurance, together with Anglo-Latin literature in addition to non-canonical writings
  • Includes new chapters on manuscripts and on marginal and incidental texts
  • Incorporates extended insurance of criminal texts and medical and scholastic texts, now handled in separate chapters
  • Demonstrates that the sector of Anglo-Saxon stories is uniquely put to give a contribution to present literary debates

Content:
Chapter none advent (pages 1–41):
Chapter 1 The Chronology and sorts of previous English Literature (pages 42–57):
Chapter 2 Anglo?Saxon Manuscripts (pages 58–82):
Chapter three Literature of the Alfredian interval (pages 83–111):
Chapter four Homilies (pages 112–132):
Chapter five Saints’ Legends (pages 133–156): Rachel S. Anderson
Chapter 6 Biblical Literature (pages 157–176):
Chapter 7 Liturgical and Devotional Texts (pages 177–210):
Chapter eight criminal Texts (pages 211–226):
Chapter nine medical and Scholastic Texts (pages 227–240):
Chapter 10 knowledge Literature and Lyric Poetry (pages 241–277):
Chapter eleven Germanic Legend and Heroic Lay (pages 278–328):
Chapter 12 Additions, Annotations, and Marginalia (pages 329–353):

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Wilfrid and Cuthbert (d. 687); and Book V brings the history up to the year of its completion, 731. The most familiar passages are the story of Gregory the Great and the Introduction 19 English boys for sale in the Roman slave market (II, 1; see Frantzen 1997); at the conversion of Northumbria, the pagan counselor’s comparison of life to the flight of a sparrow through a hall (II, 13; see Toswell 2000); and the story of Cædmon’s miraculous gift of song (IV, 24; see chapter 7). Bede’s history has been much admired both for its orthodoxy and its historical method.

Because its vocabulary is the chief distinctive characteristic of verse, poets composed in a manner suitable to maximize the density of poetic diction. This was accomplished by the fertile use of appositives. For example, in the passage from Andreas quoted above, the only poetic compounds appear in appositive phrases, beorht blǣd-gifa amplifying æðelinga helm, and tō ðām meðel-stede amplifying in bold ōðer and him togēanes. 48 In inferior compositions, variation tends to be aimless and the compounds entirely conventional.

It might even be argued that lay religious fervor put an end to Anglo-Saxon England, because the ascetic Edward the Confessor produced no heir, thus provoking the dispute over the succession that led to the Norman Conquest. Whether or not that is an accurate assessment, it is certainly true that in the tenth and eleventh centuries we see evidence of a religious fervor among the laity such as we do not encounter at any earlier period in England. The evidence of lay literacy at this period points to pious purposes as its chief motivation.

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