Idea of Anglo-Saxon England 1066-1901: Remembering, Forgetting, Deciphering, and Renewing the Past

Idea of Anglo-Saxon England 1066-1901: Remembering, Forgetting, Deciphering, and Renewing the Past

By: John D. Niles (author)Hardback

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*The Idea of Anglo Saxon England, 1066-1901 presents the first systematic review of the ways in which Anglo-Saxon studies have evolved from their beginnings to the twentieth century * Tells the story of how the idea of Anglo-Saxon England evolved from the Anglo-Saxons themselves to the Victorians, serving as a myth of origins for the English people, their language, and some of their most cherished institutions * Combines original research with established scholarship to reveal how current conceptions of English identity might be very different if it were not for the discovery and invention of the Anglo-Saxon past * Reveals how documents dating from the Anglo-Saxon era have greatly influenced modern attitudes toward nationhood, race, religious practice, and constitutional liberties * Includes more than fifty images of manuscripts, early printed books, paintings, sculptures, and major historians of the era

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John D. Niles is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. A past president of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, he is the author or editor of a dozen books on Old English literature and related topics, including Beowulf: The Poem and Its Tradition (1983) and Homo Narrans: The Poetics and Anthropology of Oral Literature (1997).


List of Vignettes vi Preface and Acknowledgements vii Abbreviations xiii List of Figures xv 1 The Impact of the Norman Conquest 1 2 The Discovery of Anglo ]Saxon England in Tudor Times 49 3 British Antiquaries and the Anglo ]Saxon Past 77 4 The Founding of a Discipline 1600 1700 109 5 A Period of Consolidation 1700 1800 147 6 The Romantics and the Discovery of Old English Verse 186 7 The Triumph of Philology 220 8 Old English Studies in North America 265 9 Anglo ]Saxon England and the Empire 302 Afterword 378 Some Landmark Publications 381 Works Cited 395 Index 415

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/09/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781118943328
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9781118943328
  • weight: 698
  • ISBN10: 1118943325

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