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Old and Middle English C.890-C.1400: An Anthology / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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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.
- Spans almost seven centuries, from the earliest writings in English to the time of Chaucer.
- Encapsulates the foundation and consolidation of literature written in English, culminating in some of the finest works produced in the high Middle Ages.
- Now extended to include newly-edited versions of key late medieval texts, namely ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’, extracts from ‘Piers Plowman’, and selections from Chaucer.
- Texts are arranged by date of manuscript.
- 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 were written.
Table of Contents
Alphabetical List of Authors and Works.
Preface and Acknowledgements.
Chronology of Events and Literary Landmarks.
Bede’s Ecclasiastical History.
Account of the Anglo-Saxons.
Life of Cædmon.
Preface to the translation of Gregory’s Pastoral Care.
Translation of Boethius’ Consolation Of Philosophy.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
Annal 755: Cynewulf and Cyneheard.
Annal 855-78: The Death of Edmund; Alfred’s Battle with the Vikings.
The Reign of Æðelstan and The Battle of Brunanburb.
The Exeter Book.
Advent Lyrics VII and VIII (from Christ I).
Wulf and Eadwacer.
Exeter Book Riddles: 5, 7, 12, 26, 29, 30, 43-46, 55.
The Wife’s Lament.
The Husband’s Message.
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 Innocents.
Old English Preface to his Lives of Saints.
Passion of Saint Edmund.
The Battle of Maldon.
The Junius Manuscript.
Wulfstan’s Sermo Lupi ad Anglos.
Apollonius of Tyre.
The Peterborough Chronicle.
The Life of St Margaret.
The Hymns of Saint Godric.
Cambridge, Trinity College B. 14. 52.
Trinity Homily 33.
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby 86.
Ubi Sount Qui Ante Nos Fuerount?.
Stond wel, Moder, Ounder Rode.
The Fox and the Wolf.
Love is Sofft.
Oxford, Jesus College 29.
The Love-Ron of Friar Thomas Hales.
London, British Library, Cotton Caligula A. ix.
The Owl and the Nightingale.
Lyrics from Cambridge, Trinity College B. 14.39.
Of One that is so Fair and Bright.
When I Think on Domesday.
When the Turf is Thy Tower.
A Saying of St Bernard.
I Sing of One that is Matchless.
An Orison to our Lady.
The South English Legendary.
The Life of St Wulfstan.
Robert Mannyng of Brunne:.
The Land of Cockayne.
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.
The Ayenbite of Inwit.
Ywain and Gawain.
Wynnere and Wastoure.
The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Glossary of Common Hard Words.
Index of Manuscripts.