By Christopher A. Jones
Even though most sensible recognized this day for his previous English homilies, the Anglo-Saxon student ?lfric additionally composed, in a "letter" to his fellow clergymen, a collection of Latin liturgical directions that supply an extraordinary glimpse of what traditional clergymen have been anticipated to understand and do. This publication features a re-creation of the Latin textual content with a serious equipment, and the single whole English translation. statement and great introductory chapters determine the letter's unparalleled significance for our knowing of overdue Anglo-Saxon monasticism and liturgy.
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1 2 On the long confusion over the nature of álfric's customary and its relation to the Regularis concordia, see below, ch. 4. On customaries generally, see also above, p. 3, n. 8. This claim (at LME 1) is problematic; see below, nn. 48 and 53. 18 Structure and sources Because study of the details tends, however, to lose sight of the larger organization and emphases of the LME, the present chapter surveys these features and the extent of their correlation to álfric's sources. 3 This arrangement is straightforward enough; the real dif®culties lie in the body of the second and third parts.
178±219; and, more recently, G. B. Bryan, Ethelwold and Medieval Music-Drama at Winchester: The Easter Play, its Author, and its Milieu, European University Studies, Series 30: Theatre, Film and Television 10 (Bern, 1981). Trans. RC (Symons) 47, p. 46 (= RC 76: `si tanta fuerit cohors societatis ut sabbati crastini ad hoc non suf®ciat dies'). Cf. RC 28: `signorum
232 and 234), and further discussion in Jones, `Two Composite Texts'. ix and xiv, ed. Thorpe I, 150 and 218. See Hirtenbriefe, ed. 23±63 and 178±81. The latter of the two pastorals is thought to stand quite close in date to the LME, and the similarities between the two are indeed strong; see Clemoes, `Supplement to the Introduction', Hirtenbriefe, ed. Fehr, p. cxlv; but on the chronology, see also below, n. 26. 43±9 (Veneration of the Cross), and cf. RC 73 and LME 43. 23±5 and RC 61 (no close correspondences in LME).