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This assortment offers a brand new, authoritative and tough examine of the existence and works of AElfric of Eynsham, crucial vernacular non secular author within the heritage of Anglo-Saxon England. The participants contain just about all of the most important AElfric students operating this present day and a few vital more moderen voices. all the chapters is a state of the art piece of labor which addresses one point of AElfric's works or profession. The chapters are organised topically, instead of through chronology, style or biography, and among them disguise the total AElfrician corpus and the main contextual concerns; attention of AElfric's Latin writings is thoroughly built-in with that of his previous English works. AElfric reports are presently a primary portion of Anglo-Saxon reviews, yet whereas up to now there was loads of distinct paintings on a few points of AElfric, this assortment offers the 1st evaluate. members: Hugh Magennis, Joyce Hill, Christopher A. Jones, Mechthild Gretsch, M. R. Godden, Catherine Cubitt, Thomas N. corridor, Robert ok. Upchurch, Mary Swan, Clare A. Lees, Gabriella Corona, Kathleen Davis, Jonathan Wilcox, Aaron J Kleist and Elaine Treharne.

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99 J. Hill, ‘Authority and Intertextuality in the Works of Ælfric’. 100 ‘Authority and Intertextuality’, p. 160, quoting Desire for Origins, p. 127. 101 See, for example, Godden, ‘Anglo-Saxons on the Mind’; Lapidge, The Cult of St Swithun, pp. 553–5; but note Leinbaugh’s caution in ‘Ælfric’s Lives of Saints I and the Boulogne Sermon’: Leinbaugh regards Ælfric’s authorship of the Boulogne sermon as ‘a good possibility’ (p. 206) but still not demonstrated. 30 hugh magennis S. 102 It is probably fair to say that the jury is still out on these latter suggestions, but the debate has, among other things, valuably drawn attention to Ælfric’s working methods in redacting the writings of others (as also apparent in his Vita Æthelwoldi and Letter to Monks of Eynsham).

Gatch, Preaching and Theology in Anglo-Saxon England, p. 6. 67 There were incisive publications on Ælfric’s canon both before and after ‘The Chronology’, notably by Karl Jost (identifying non-Ælfrician parts of the Pentateuch), Kenneth Sisam (disentangling the history of Catholic Homilies) and J. C. Pope in his edition of ‘supplementary homilies’ (offering some modifications to Clemoes’ list of texts),68 but Clemoes’ essay made the greatest single contribution to this aspect of study and continues to provide an indispensable basis for the work of Ælfric scholars today.

47 Dietrich, ‘Abt Aelfrik: Zur Literatur-Geschichte der angelsächsischen Kirche’. ælfric scholarship 17 an Anglo-Saxon context, considers his development and character as a writer (including discussion of his prose style and translation technique), and finally gives a biography of Ælfric that refutes earlier identifications of him as bishop and archbishop and establishes his true identity, presenting him in the process as an attractive and admirable figure. Dietrich’s article stimulated renewed interest in Ælfric in Germany, which began to bear fruit in terms of publications in the following decades.

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