Edited By Michiko Ogura
Mapping the Anglo-Saxon Intellectual Landscape: The Risks and Rewards of Source-Study
This article illustrates the rewards of source-study within the field of Old English homiletic literature but at the same time draws attention to the challenges of working with complex traditions of textual transmission. In particular, it argues strongly for the careful identification of writers’ immediate sources, rather than the ultimate patristic sources which are so often the reference-points in editorial source analysis. The article shows that these ultimate sources have priority in lists and catalogues, which thus present misleading evidence for the writer’s intellectual landscape and mode of composition.
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