The Cambridge Old English Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

Old English is the language spoken by the Anglo-Saxons before the Norman Conquest. This is the first major new reader of Old English prose and verse to be published for thirty years. Designed for beginning and for more advanced students, it breaks new ground in two ways, first in its range of texts, and second in the degree of annotation it offers. The fifty-six individual texts include the established favourites such as The Battle of Maldon and King Alfred's Preface, but also others which have not before been readily available, such as a complete Easter homily, AElfric's Life of Saint Aethelthryth and the Durham proverbs.
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Editorial Reviews

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Review of previous edition: '… offering a bountiful assortment of diverse texts thoughtfully edited for basic students of Old English. The book seems to arise from a long and dedicated engagement with Old English pedagogy, and its sheer diversity and breadth of scope makes it likely that almost any teacher of Old English will find something in it of value … The rich banquet found in the Cambridge [Old English] Reader would not easily be exhausted in a semester, or even a year-long course in Old English; it is sure to inspire in both students and teachers alike a fresh dedication to the work of understanding Anglo-Saxon England.' R. Liuzza, The Medieval Review

Review of previous edition: 'Marsden admirably fulfils his task of providing a canon-expanding list of texts.' R. Boenig, Medievalia et Humanistica

Review of previous edition: 'The selection of texts covers ground that no previous reader has approached. There are items that will be of interest to specialists in women's studies and cultural studies … The reference grammar has the best presentation I have seen in a resource of this sort – the content is both comprehensive and concise; and the arrangement is logical and user-friendly. The headnotes are also outstanding …' Paul Remley, University of Washington, Seattle

Review of previous edition: 'Marsden has done a masterful job of glossing and annotating the texts in the Reader … he gets the level of annotation just right for a university-level student of the subject. I admire his headnotes very much for the amount of material he manages to convey in a relatively short space … I think that this book will be very easy to teach from. The number of texts that he offers in the book is remarkable and admirable … in addition, the careful level of glossing and annotation of some difficult texts means that a teacher can assign a much wider range of texts than usual in an introductory course …' Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, University of Notre Dame

Review of previous edition: 'Marsden's Reader is traditional … The preliminaries offer sensible and succinct observations on such matters a as punctuation, spelling variation, and emendation (admirably kept to a minimum except for the Colloquy) … [His] convenient and thought-provoking rough categorization brings to the front of his reader two groupings that could prompt teachers of Old English to think out their courses anew.' English Language and Linguistics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521456128
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 566
  • Sales rank: 1,067,300
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Marsden is Emeritus Professor of Old English in the University of Nottingham. In addition to numerous articles on Old English literature and language and the history of the Latin Bible, he has published The Text of the Old Testament in Anglo-Saxon England (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and an edition of The Old English Heptateuch for the Early English Text Society (2008).
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The writing and pronunciation of Old English
I Teaching and learning 1
II Keeping a record 43
III Spreading the Word 103
IV Example and Exhortation 165
V Telling Tales 231
VI Reflection and lament 293
Glossary 396
Guide to terms 517
Index 526
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