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Anglo Saxon prose
     

Anglo Saxon prose

by Michael Swanton (Editor)
 

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Handed down through generations of storytellers, the popular tales of Anglo-Saxon England herald the birth of a national literature in which the language of the people, rather than the Latin of scholars, came into its own. Written down by kings, scribes and saints, these tales are a rich cross-section of early English life: peace-treaty, trial by ordeal, a

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Handed down through generations of storytellers, the popular tales of Anglo-Saxon England herald the birth of a national literature in which the language of the people, rather than the Latin of scholars, came into its own. Written down by kings, scribes and saints, these tales are a rich cross-section of early English life: peace-treaty, trial by ordeal, a witch’s drowning. The story of Saint Guthlac presents an often humorous account of trials and tribulations endured by a moody young nobleman converted to the contemplative life of a hermit in East Anglia. Great figures of the past and their brave deeds were King Alfred’s inspiration when he embarked on his series of historical and philosophical writings; these included a vivid account of the English seafarers’ adventures in the Arctic North. Practical advice is given to estate managers, and on gem-stones, on herbal remedies, or the development of the foetus. Apollonius is a forerunner of the great medieval romances, whilst there are instructions on the sign language to be used by dumb monks; lists of religious relics. A unique collection, with introduction and notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781910864746
Publisher:
Action Publishing Technology
Publication date:
12/15/2016
Edition description:
Revised and enlarged
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Swanton is Emeritus Professor of English Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries and is an authority on Anglo-Saxon England.

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