Aelfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham

Aelfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham

by Christopher A. Jones
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Cambridge University Press

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Aelfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham

Though best known today for his Old English homilies, the Anglo-Saxon scholar Ælfric also composed, in a "letter" to his fellow monks, a set of Latin liturgical instructions that offer a rare glimpse of what ordinary monks were expected to know and do. This book contains a new edition of the Latin text with a critical apparatus, and the only complete English translation. Commentary and substantial introductory chapters establish the letter's exceptional importance for our understanding of late Anglo-Saxon monasticism and liturgy.

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ISBN-13: 9780521630115
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/25/1999
Series: Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England Series , #24
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. The Eynsham 'letter' and the study of 'lfric; 2. Structure and sources; 3. The manuscript; 4. Critical and editorial history; Editorial principles; 'lfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham: text and translation; Commentary; Appendix; Bibliography; Index of liturgical formae; General index.

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