A History of Old English Literature (Blackwell History of by Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain

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By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain

This well timed creation to previous English literature makes a speciality of the construction and reception of previous English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon heritage and tradition.
• Introduces outdated English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on ancient and cultural contexts within the box of medieval stories.
• Treats almost the whole diversity of textual varieties preserved in previous English.
• Considers the creation, reception and makes use of of previous English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds an important to figuring out previous English literature.
• bargains very broad bibliographical tips.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon reviews is uniquely positioned to give a contribution to present literary debates.

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The issues have been discussed chiefly in controversy regarding the date of Beowulf (summarized by Bjork and Obermeier 1997), but they have broad application, and this chronology can no longer be called consensual. Non-linguistic criteria produce widely different estimates of the age of poems (as among the contributors to Chase 1981). The linguistic evidence is less flexible, though it is far less certain than the evidence for the Anglian composition of most poems. g. monosyllabic scansion of originally monosyllabic words like tācen ‘sign’ and wuldor ‘glory’ and dissyllabic scansion of contracted forms like sēon ‘see’ and nīor ‘nearer’.

Less than a century after the Conversion, the English had launched a concerted effort to introduce the faith to Germany and Frisia, as well as to reform the Frankish Church. The most distinguished of the missionaries was Boniface (ca. 18 Before he took up his mission in 719 he proved himself a man of scholarly accomplishments, producing an elementary Latin grammar of some ingenuity (chapter 9) and a particularly intricate set of metrical enigmata (chapter 1). After Boniface’s martyrdom in Frisia at the age of nearly 80, an unnamed associate collected the correspondence pertaining to his mission.

Vernacular prose can be fitted roughly to this framework: before the viking age, it is commonly assumed, the normal language of extended prose was Latin; texts of the Alfredian period are mostly identified as such in the works of Asser, William of Malmesbury, and others; and thus nearly all the remaining Old English prose is generally assigned to the tenth and eleventh centuries. 1 A History of Old English Literature, Second Edition. R. D. Fulk and Christopher M. Cain. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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