By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain

ISBN-10: 0631223975

ISBN-13: 9780631223979

This well timed creation to previous English literature specializes in the creation and reception of previous English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon background and tradition.
• Introduces outdated English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on ancient and cultural contexts within the box of medieval reports.
• Treats nearly the total variety of textual forms preserved in previous English.
• Considers the construction, reception and makes use of of outdated English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds an important to knowing previous English literature.
• deals very vast bibliographical suggestions.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon stories is uniquely positioned to give a contribution to present literary debates.

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Among the excellent introductions and guides to the study of early English history, society, and culture, some of the more general ones of especial use to students are F. Stenton 1971, Hunter Blair 1977, Whitelock 1974, 1979, James Campbell 1982a, and Lapidge et al. 1999. For a handy select classified bibliography, see Keynes 2004a. For a well-balanced assessment of the obstacles to using the Germania as a historical source – particularly Tacitus’ mixing of Germanic and nonGermanic groups, the influence of possibly dated sources, and the preconceptions of an established Greco-Roman ethnographic tradition – see Rives 1999: 56–66.

The manuscript was damaged in the Cottonian fire of 1731, and the two transcripts made in 1789 (facsimiles ed. Malone 1951 and Kiernan 2011) are of importance because apparently more was visible in the damaged portions then than now. The contents of the entire manuscript, including the prose texts, are edited and translated in Fulk 2010a. Except for some of the quasi-metrical passages mentioned in n. 35, this body of shorter verse is reproduced in facsimile from all known manuscripts by Robinson and Stanley (1991).

As a consequence, though it is true that Northumbria held a position of political and cultural preeminence at the beginning of the eighth century, certainly the relative sparseness of Bede’s information on the other kingdoms, especially Kent and Mercia, distorts the picture of English culture of the time. It led some scholars of about a century ago, for instance, to assume that much of the anonymous corpus of Old English poetry was composed in Bede’s Northumbria, since no 20 Introduction other period or kingdom before the reign of Alfred the Great seemed to have produced a literate culture substantial enough to account for such a body of material.

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