A Guide to Old English / Edition 7

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A comprehensive introduction to Old English, combining simple, clear philology with the best literary works to provide a compelling and accessible beginners' guide.
• Provides a comprehensive introduction to Old English
• Uses a practical approach suited to the needs of the beginning student
• Features selections from the greatest works of Old English literature, organized from simple to more challenging texts to keep pace with the reader
• Includes a discussion of Anglo-Saxon literature, history, and culture, and a bibliography directing readers to useful publications on the subject
• Updated throughout with new material including the first 25 lines from Beowulf with detailed annotation and an explanation of Grimm's and Verner's laws

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"This is still the most comprehensive introduction to Old English available, providing detailed analysis of the language, literature, history, and culture of the Anglo-Saxons. This new edition expands on the changes in languages, and provides additional material on Beowulf."
Stuart Lee, Oxford University

"Mitchell and Robinson's A Guide to Old English, now available in its eighth edition, is an invaluable resource for teaching and delighting students of Old English. It is unsurpassed in its combination of a meticulously scholarly approach with a wide-ranging selection of Old English texts. The authors' enthusiasm for the subject is evident on every page and carries the reader with it."
Susan Irvine, University College London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405146906
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/13/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred C. Robinson is  Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus at Yale University. He is a Fellow and past President of the Medieval Academy of America, and has received many honors. He has written extensively on Beowulf, Old English, and English and American literature and language of all periods.
Bruce Mitchell is late Fellow Emeritus of St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fifth Edition
Foreword to the Sixth Edition
Map of Anglo-Saxon England
Abbreviations and Symbols
How to Use this Guide 1
1 Preliminary Remarks on the Language 11
2 Orthography and Pronunciation 13
3 Inflexions 17
4 Word Formation 55
5 Syntax 61
6 An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Studies 118
7 Select Bibliography 144
App. A: Strong Verbs 152
App. B: Some Effects of i-Mutation 159
App. C: Metre 161
1 Practice Sentences 171
2 Two Old Testament Pieces 173
3 A Colloquy on the Occupations 182
4 Two Characteristic Prose Works by AElfric 190
5 Alfred the Great's Preface to his Translation of Gregory's Pastoral Care 204
6 Cynewulf and Cyneheard 208
7 Selections from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 212
8 Bede's Account of the Conversion of King Edwin 216
9 Bede's Account of the Poet Caedmon 220
10 The Goths and Boethius: Prose and Verse from the Introduction to King Alfred's Boethius Translation 226
11 (a)-(p) Riddles 231
12 The Battle of Maldon 241
13 The Ruin 253
14 The Dream of the Rood 256
15 The Wife's Lament 264
16 The Wanderer 268
17 The Seafarer 276
18 Four excerpts from Beowulf 283
19 Wulf and Eadwacer 297
20 Judith 300
A Note on the Punctuation of Old English Poetry 313
Glossary 317
Indexes to Part One 391
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