Alfred the Wise: Studies in Honour of Janet Bately on the Occasion of Her 65th Birthday

Alfred the Wise: Studies in Honour of Janet Bately on the Occasion of Her 65th Birthday

By: Jane Roberts (editor), Janet L. Nelson (editor), Malcolm Godden (editor)Hardback

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Alfred and the great achievements of his reign are once more at the centre of scholarly discussion, and the studies in this collection make a significant contribution to the continuing debate. Focusing particularly on the writings of Alfred's age, the contributions, by leading scholars in the field, examine Alfred's life, work and influence: there are accounts of law and morality; examinations of translations and their sources; and investigations of words and events, throwing new light on all major aspects of Alfred's reign.As a whole, the volume is an appropriate tribute to Janet Bately, whose writings on the age of Alfred are known and admired by both historians and literary scholars throughout the world. Professor Jane Roberts teaches in the Department of English, King's College, London; Professor Janet L. Nelson, Director of the Centre for Late Antiques and Medieval Studies, teaches in the Department of History, King's College, London; Professor Malcolm Godden is Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford. Contributors and contents: Andrew Breeze, J.E. Cross, Andrew Hamer, Roberta Frank, Allen J. Frantzen, M.R.Godden, Walter Goffart, Lynne Grundy, Cyril Hart, Joyce Hill, Simon Keynes, Ann Knock, Bruce Mitchell, Janet L. Nelson, Barbara Raw, Jane Roberts, D.G. Scragg, Alfred B. Smyth, E.G. Stanley, Paul E. Szarmach and Patrick Wormald.

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A Celtic etymology for Old English "deor" ("brave"), Andrew Breeze; Aelfric's "Letters" and the "Excerptiones Ecgberhti", J.E. Cross and Andrew Hamer; Old English "orc" ("cup, goblet") - a Latin loan-word with attitude, Roberta Frank; Sodom and Gomorrah in prose works from Alfred's reign, Allen J. Frantzen; Waerferth and King Alfred - the fate of the Old English "Dialogues", M.R. Godden; the first venture into "medieval geography" - Lambarde's map of the Saxon Heptarchy (1568), Walter Goffart; "ece" ("eternal") in Aelfric, Lynne Grundy; the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" at Ramsey, Cyril Hart; Aelfric's "Homily on the Holy Innocents" - the sources reviewed, Joyce Hill; Anglo-Saxon entries in the "Liber Vitae" of Brescia, Simon Keynes; analysis of a translator - the Old English "Wonders of the East", Ann Knock; the Sign 7 in the Annal for 871 in the Parker Chronicle MS Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 173, Bruce Mitchell; "...sicit olim gens Francorum...nunc gens Anglorum" - Fulk's letter to Alfred revisited, Janet L. Nelson; Alfredian piety - the "Book of Nunnaminster", Barbara Raw; "fela martyra" ("many martyrs") - a different view of Orisius's city, Jane Roberts; Wifcythe and the morality of the Cynewulf and Cyneheard episode in the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle", D.G. Scragg; the solar eclipse of Wednesday 29th October 878 - 9th-century historical records and the findings of modern astronomy, Alfred B. Smyth; on the laws of King Alfred - the end of the preface and the beginning of the laws, E.G. Stanley; Alfred's "Boethius" and the Four Cardinal Virtues, Paul E. Szarmach; the Lambarde problem - 80 years on, Patrick Wormald.

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  • publication date: 22/05/1997
  • ISBN13: 9780859915151
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9780859915151
  • weight: 597
  • ISBN10: 0859915158

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