The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthropology

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Crossley-Holland--the widely acclaimed translator of Old English texts--introduces the Anglo-Saxons through their chronicles, laws, letters, charters, and poetry, with many of the greatest surviving poems printed in their entirety.
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Crossley-Holland--the widely acclaimed translator of Old English texts--introduces the Anglo-Saxons through their chronicles, laws, letters, charters, and poetry, with many of the greatest surviving poems printed in their entirety.
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"A very pleasant anthology which presents the most important texts from the Anglo-Saxon period in good modern English translations....The reflections are wonderful and invite every reader to plunge into the world of pre-conquest England. It is a hndy treasure which students will cherish."--A. Classen, University of Arizona

"An excellent anthology with fine translations."--Roy M. Liuzza, Tulane University

"A very impressive collection that paints a complete picture of a key part of our cultural heritage."--Bruce L. Sublett, Angelina College

"The introductions to the various chapters are well-written and informative. Overall, an excellent resource for an undergraduate course in Medieval English Literature."--Philip A. Genetti, Ph.D., Emmanuel College

A well-chosen collection of prose and poetic texts clearly translated into modern English. An admirable companion to the study of the original texts in a beginning course in Old English."--Robert Kellogg, University of Virginia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192835475
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Heroic Poems 1
1 Deor 7
2 The Finnesburh Fragment 8
3 Waldere 9
4 The Battle of Maldon 11
5 The Battle of Brunanburh 19
Laws 23
6 The Laws of Wihtred 26
7 Trial by Ordeal 28
8 Canute's Letter to the People of England 29
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 33
9 Vortigern's Invitation (449); Cynewulf and Cyneheard (757); Fiery Dragons in North-umbria (793); Ashdown and Other Engagements (878); King Alfred and Guthrum (878); Stamford Bridge and Hastings (1066) 37
Elegies 45
10 The Wanderer 50
11 The Seafarer 53
12 The Wife's Lament 56
13 The Husband's Message 57
14 Wulf 59
15 The Ruin 59
Exploration 61
16 Ohthere's Voyage to the White Sea 64
17 Wulfstan's Visit to Estonia 67
Epic 69
18 Beowulf 74
The Kingdom of God 155
19 King Edwin's Council 159
20 Caedmon's Vision 161
21 Cuthbert's Death and Disinterment 163
22 Bede on Himself 173
Greetings in Christ 177
23 from Pope Gregory I to Candidus 182
24 from Boniface to Fulrad, Abbot of St. Denis 182
25 from Cuthbert, Abbot of Wearmouth, to Lul 184
26 from Alcuin to Ethelred, King of North-umbria 185
27 from Charlemagne to Offa, King of Mercia 189
28 from Radbrod, Prior of St. Samson's at Dol, to King AEthelstan 191
Christian Poems 193
29 Caedmon's Hymn 197
30 Advent Lyrics I, II and VII 197
31 The Dream of the Rood 200
32 Durham 204
33 Bede's Death Song 205
Example and Exhortation 207
34 Life of King Alfred (extract) 213
35 Preface to St. Gregory's Pastoral Care 218
36 A Colloquy 220
37 The Passion of St. Edmund 228
I Saw a Strange Creature ... 235
38 Thirty-One Riddles 238
Charters, Tracts and Wills 251
39 A Grant of Land at Crediton 255
40 An Estate Memorandum: Duties and Perquisites 257
41 A Marriage Agreement 261
42 A Manumission 262
43 The Will of King Alfred 262
Charms and Remedies 267
44 Three Charms 270
45 Bald's Leechbook (extract) 271
Allegory 279
46 from The Phoenix 283
47 The Panther 285
48 The Whale 287
Sermon 291
49 The Sermon of the Wolf to the English 294
Destiny 301
50 The Fortunes of Men 304
Bibliography 307
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