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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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Mapping the Anglo-Saxon Intellectual Landscape: The Risks and Rewards of Source-Study


Joyce Hill


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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