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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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Doomsday and Nature in the Old English Poem Judgement Day II

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Graham D. Caie

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This paper concentrates on the significance of the changes the Old English poet makes to the nature scene in the opening of Judgement Day II from his source, Bede’s De die iudicii. Such an examination helps us understand the vernacular poet’s didactic aims and the links Judgement Day II has with the poems which follow in MS CCCC 201. The alterations to his source suggest that the Old English poet wrote for a lay audience and that these poems might have circulated independently as penitential material.

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