The Old English Homily: Precedent, Practice, and Appropriation

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The quarter-century that has passed since Paul Szarmach's and Bernard Huppe's groundbreaking The Old English Homily and its Backgrounds (1978) has seen staggering changes in the field of Anglo-Saxon homiletics. Primary materials have become accessible to scholars in unprecedented levels, whether digitally or through new critical editions, and these have generated in turn a flood of secondary scholarship. The articles in this volume showcase and build on these developments. The first five essays consider various contexts of and influences on Anglo-Saxon homilies: patristic and early medieval Latin sources, continental homiliaries and preaching practices, traditions of Old Testament interpretation and adaptation, and the liturgical setting of preaching texts. Six studies then turn to the sermons themselves, examining style and rhetoric in the Vercelli homilies, the codicology of the Blickling Book, sanctorale and temporale in the works of Aelfric, and the challenges posed by Wulfstan's self-referential corpus. Finally, the last entries take us past the Conquest to discuss the re-use of homiletic material in England and its environs from the eleventh to eighteenth century. Together, these articles offer medieval scholars a new Old English Homily, one that serves both as an introduction to key figures and issues in the field and as a model of studies for the next quarter-century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782503517926
  • Publisher: Brepols Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Studies in the Early Middle Ages Series, #17
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations     viii
List of Contributors     xi
Acknowledgements     xii
Introduction     1
Old English Homilies and Latin Sources   Charles D. Wright     15
AElfric's Manuscript of Paul the Deacon's Homiliary: A Provisional Analysis   Joyce Hill     67
The Carolingian De festiuitatibus and the Blickling Book   Nancy M. Thompson     97
The Old Testament Homily: AElfric as Biblical Translator   Rachel Anderson     121
The Liturgical Context of AElfric's Homilies for Rogation   Stephen J. Harris     143
Rereading the Style and Rhetoric of the Vercelli Homilies   Samantha Zacher     173
The Codicology of Anglo-Saxon Homiletic Manuscripts, Especially the Blickling Homilies   M. J. Toswell     209
Latin Sermons for Saints in Early English Homiliaries and Legendaries   Thomas N. Hall     227
Homiletic Contexts for AElfric's Hagiography: The Legend of Saints Cecilia and Valerian   Robert K. Upchurch     265
AElfric's or Not? The Making of a Temporale Collection in Late Anglo-Saxon England   Loredana Teresi     285
Wulfstan as Reader, Writer, and Rewriter   Andy Orchard     311
Old Wine in a New Bottle: Recycled Instructional Materials in Seasons for Fasting   Mary P. Richards     345
The Circulation of the Old English Homily in the Twelfth Century: New Evidence from Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 343   Aidan Conti     365
Preaching Past the Conquest: Lambeth Palace 487 and Cotton Vespasian A. XXII   Mary Swan     403
Anglo-Saxon Homilies in their Scandinavian Context   Christopher Abram     425
Anglo-Saxon Homiliaries in Tudor and Stuart England   Aaron J Kleist     445
Anglo-Saxon Homiliaries as Designated by Ker     493
Index     507
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