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By Mark C. Amodio

Commitment desk of Contentsii--iv Prefacev--xi half 1 Anglo-Saxon England: Backgrounds and Beginnings Political background 1--11 Ecclesiastical heritage 11--21 Linguistic heritage 21--26 Literary historical past 26--29 Traditions: oral and literate 29--32 A word on courting Anglo-Saxon texts 33--35 half 2 The Anglo-Saxon prose culture The writings of King Alfred the good 37--38 Alfred's translation of Pope Gregory the Great's Pastoral Care 38--47 Alfred's translation of Boethius's comfort of Philosophy 47--53 Alfred's translation of St Augustine's Soliloquies 53--58 Alfred's translations of the Prose Psalms of the Paris Psalter 59--62 Alfred's preface to Waerferth's translation of Pope Gregory's Dialogues 62--63 The Vercelli Homilies 63--70 The Blickling Homilies 70--76 The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 76--83 The previous English Orosius 83--89 Bede's Ecclesiastical historical past of the English humans 90--100 Apollonious of Tyre 100--106 The previous English Martyrology 106--110 The lifetime of St Guthlac 110--113 Wonders of the East, Letter of Alexander, lifetime of St Christopher 113--120 Bald's Leechbook 120--125 The writings of Aelfric of Eynsham125--133Aelfric's Catholic Homilies133--138 Aelfric's Lives of Saints 138--141 Aelfric's Colloquy at the Occupations 141--144 Aelfric as writer 145--149 The writings of Wulfstan, Archbishop of York 150--157 half three Anglo-Saxon poetry The Anglo-Saxon poetic culture 158--170 Caedmon's Hymn 170--176 Bede's demise tune 176--177 The Junius manuscript 177--179 Genesis A 180--182 Genesis B 182--188 Exodus 188--194 Daniel 194--199 Christ and devil 199--205 The poems of the Vercelli booklet 205--207 Andreas 207--217 Fates of the Apostles 218--222 Soul and physique I 222--227 Homiletic Fragment I 227--228 The Dream of the Rood 228--234 Elene 234--240 The poems of the Exeter publication 240--242 the appearance Lyrics (Christ I) 242--245 The Ascension (Christ II) 246--249 Christ in Judgement (Christ III) 250--254 lifetime of St Guthlac 254--255 Guthlac A 255--258 Guthlac B 258--262 Azarias 263--265 The Phoenix 265--270 Juliana 271--276 The Wanderer 276--281 The presents of guys 281--282 Precepts 283--284 The Seafarer 284--287 Vainglory 287--290 Widsid 290--293 Fortunes of fellows 293--296 Maxims (I) 296--298 The Order of the realm 299--300 The Rhyming Poem 300--303 The Panther, The Whale, The Partridge (The OE Physiologus) 303--306 Soul and physique II 306--307 Deor 307--310 Wulf and Eadwacer 311--313 The Exeter booklet Riddles 313--316 The Wife's Lament 317--320 Judgement Day I 320--323 Resignation (A and B) 323--326 The Descent into Hell 326--328 Almsgiving 328--329 Pharaoh 329--330 The Lord's Prayer I 330--331 Homiletic Fragment II 331--332 The Husband's Message 332--335 The Ruin335--338 The poems of Cotton Vitellius A.xv 338--339 Beowulf 339--362 Judith 363--369 Poems from numerous manuscripts The Metres of Boethius 370--377 Metrical Psalms of the Paris Psalter 377--379 Solomon and Saturn I and II 380--384 The Menologium 385--387 The Rune Poem 387--389 The poems of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 390--392 The conflict of Brunanburh 392--394 The conflict of Maldon 395--400 The struggle at Finnsburh 401--405 Waldere 405--408 Durham 409--411 half four severe techniques The alterity of Anglo-Saxon literature 412--416 resource experiences 417--420 Manuscript stories 420--421 Grammatical and syntactic experiences 421--422 Theoretical views 422--424 Christian 424--426 Germanic legend 426--429 Gender429--432 mental 432--435 Oral-traditional 435--443 half five topics 444--446 Heroism 446--450 the tip of the area 450--452 The transitory nature of existence 452--453 destiny 453--455 knowledge and data 455--457 Otherness 457--459 Oral-traditional themes459--461 Bibliography 462--509 Index 510--XXX

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The history of Christianity in the Anglo-Saxon period divides roughly into three phases: the first begins in 597 with the arrival on the island of Thanet in Kent of a group of some forty missionaries sent from Rome by Gregory’s order and led by Augustine; the second begins with the dissolution of the monasteries, especially in Northumbria and the eastern half of Mercia, following the onset of the Viking attacks in the late eighth century; and the third begins with Alfred the Great’s establishment at Athelney near Winchester of the first new monastic community in a generation and culminates in the reformation of the tenth century spearheaded by Dunstan.

Mark C. Amodio. © 2014 Mark C. Amodio. Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Assigning even a rough chronology for the surviving poetic texts is a task that verges on the impossible for several reasons. First of all, the date of a poem’s composition and the date at which it was physically encoded onto the surface of a manuscript page are not necessarily one and the same, but may be separated by as much as several hundred years if a poem had c­ irculated orally, as many of them are thought to have done, before being committed to writing.

And if we are to believe Alfred’s biographer Asser, the king from an early age showed a keen interest in vernacular poetry and also became an accomplished composer of it, although none survives. Ælfric, Abbot of Eynsham and Wulfstan, Archbishop of York, two of Anglo-Saxon England’s greatest prose writers, lived and wrote at the end of the tenth and beginning of the eleventh century. Ælfric wrote prolifically on a wide array of ecclesiastical and secular subjects, producing homilies, ­sermons, a collection of saints’ lives, a grammar, and translations of Latin texts.

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