Old and Middle English C. 890-C. 1450: An Anthology / Edition 3

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Spanning almost seven centuries, this anthology encapsulates the foundation and consolidation of literature written in English, culminating in some of the finest works produced in English in the high Middle Ages.

  • New edition of this widely-used anthology of Old and Middle English literature
  • Now extended to include newly-edited versions of Old English Wonders of the East, of Poema Morale, extracts from Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe
  • Full translations are offered for the Old and earlier Middle English material, along with marginal glosses for the later texts
  • A general introduction gives an outline of key works and the historical context in which they are written
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405181204
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Blackwell Anthologies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 896
  • Sales rank: 520,377
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Treharne is Professor of Early English at Florida State University. She has published extensively on Old and Middle English literature, and focuses particularly on medieval manuscripts and their contexts of production. She is a General Editor of the Oxford Textual Perspectives Series, Editor of Essays and Studies, Medieval Editor for Review of English Studies, and a former Chair and President of the English Association. She is the founding convenor of the English Association Special Interest Group in the History of Books and Texts.

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Table of Contents

Alphabetical List of Authors and Works

Preface and Acknowledgements to the First Edition

Preface and Acknowledgements to the Second Edition

Preface and Acknowledgements to the Third Edition

Chronology of Events and Literary Landmarks


Bede’s Ecclesiastical History:

Cædmon’s Hymn

The Settlement of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes; The Life of Cædmon


Preface to the Translation of Gregory’s Pastoral Care

Translation of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy

The Accounts of the Journeys of Ohthere and Wulfstan

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle:

Annal 755: Cynewulf and Cynheard; Annals 855–78: The Death of Edmund, Alfred’s Battles with the Vikings

The Reign of Æðelstan and The Battle of Brunanburh

The Exeter Book:

Advent Lyrics VII and VIII

The Wanderer

The Seafarer

The Whale


Wulf and Eadwacer

Exeter Book Riddles 5, 7, 12, 26, 29, 30, 43–6, 55

The Wife’s Lament

The Husband’s Message

The Ruin

The Vercelli Book:

The Fates of the Apostles

Vercelli Homily X

The Dream of the Rood


Old English Preface to his First Series of Catholic Homilies

Homily on the Nativity of the Innocents

Old English Preface to his Lives of Saints

Passion of Saint Edmund

The Battle of Maldon

The Beowulf-Manuscript:

The Wonders of the East



The Junius Manuscript:


Wulfstan’s Sermo Lupi ad Anglos

King Cnut’s Letter to the English of 1020

Apollonius of Tyre

The Peterborough Chronicle

The Life of Saint Margaret

The Hymns of Saint Godric

The Orrmulum

Cambridge, Trinity College B. 14.52:

Poema Morale

Trinity Homily 33

Worcester Cathedral Library, F. 174:

The First Worcester Fragment

Hali Meiðhad

Ancrene Wisse

Sumer is Icumen In

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby 86:

Ubi Sount Qui Ante Nos Fuerount?

Stond Wel, Moder, Ounder Rode

The Fox and the Wolf

Dame Siri+

Love is Sofft

Arundel 292: The Bestiary

Oxford, Jesus College 29:

The Love-Ron of Friar Thomas Hales

The Proverbs of Alfred

London, British Library, Cotton Caligula A. ix:

La3amon’s Brut

The Owl and the Nightingale

Lyrics from Cambridge, Trinity College B. 14. 39

Trinity Lyrics:

Of One That Is So Fair and Bright

When I Think on Domesday

When the Turf is Thy Tower

A Saying of Saint Bernard

I Sing of One That Is Matchless

An Orison to Our Lady

The South English Legendary:

The Life of Saint Wulfstan

Cursor Mundi

Robert Mannyng of Brunne:

The Chronicle

Handlyng Synne

The Land of Cockayne

The Auchinleck Manuscript:

Sir Orfeo

The Four Foes of Mankind

London, British Library, Harley 2253:

Earth upon Earth



Advice to Women

An Old Man’s Prayer

Blow, Northerne Wynd

The Death of King Edward I

I Syke when Y Singe

An Autumn Song

King Horn

The Ayenbite of Inwit

Richard Rolle:

Ego Dormio

Ghostly Gladness

King Alisaunder

Ywain and Gawain


Wynnere and Wastoure

William Langland:

Piers Plowman

Geoffrey Chaucer:

The Canterbury Tales: The General Prologue

The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Julian of Norwich:

A Vision

The Book of Margery Kempe

Select Bibliography

Glossary of Common Hard Words

Index of Manuscripts

General Index

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