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Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England

Edited By Michiko Ogura

This collection of papers is a gift for all the members of the Japan Society for Medieval English Studies, who worked abroad under the direction of British, European and American medievalists or greatly influenced by those scholars as guests of the Society. Six papers in this book tell parts of their special fields of study: Aldred the Northumbrian scribe, Old English glosses, the Exeter Book, source studies of Old English homilies, Old English Boethius and Judgement Day II. As one of their students and a former president of the Society, the editor adds the last paper on Old English syntax.
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The Rewards and Perplexities of Old English Glosses


Fred C. Robinson


In reading Latin manuscripts Anglo-Saxons often inserted into their manuscripts vernacular translations of individual Latin words that they deemed in need of elucidation. These “glosses” are of great value to modern students of Old English, clarifying the meanings of many Old English words. But there are pitfalls in assessing gloss evidence, and some of these are here discussed.

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