A Companion to Medieval Poetry (Blackwell Companions to by Corinne Saunders

By Corinne Saunders

A spouse to Medieval Poetry offers a chain of unique essays from major literary students that discover English poetry from the Anglo-Saxon interval as much as the 15th century. Organised into 3 components to echo the chronological and stylistic divisions among the Anglo-Saxon, heart English and Post-Chaucerian sessions, every one part is brought with contextual essays, delivering a important creation to the society and tradition of the timeCombines a normal dialogue of genres of medieval poetry, with particular attention of texts and authors, together with Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the golf green Knight, Chaucer, Gower and LanglandFeatures unique essays by way of eminent students, together with Andy Orchard, Carl Schmidt, Douglas grey, and Barry Windeatt,  who current a variety of theoretical, historic, and cultural methods to analyzing medieval poetry, in addition to supplying shut research of person texts and traditions

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British Archaeological Reports, British series 59 (pp. 227– 53). Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. Keynes, S. (1985). King Athelstan’s books. In M. Lapidge and H. Gneuss (eds). Learning and Literature in Anglo-Saxon England: Studies Presented to Peter Clemoes on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday (pp. 143–201). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Keynes, S. (1986). A tale of two kings: Alfred the Great and Æthelred the Unready. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th ser.

Her Eadward kingc, Engla hlaford, sende soþfæste sawle to Criste on godes wæra, gast haligne. , freolic wealdend, wintra gerimes, weolan britnode, and healfe tid, hæleða wealdend, weold wel geþungen Walum and Scottum and Bryttum eac, byre Æðelredes, Englum and Sexum, oretmægcum, swa ymbclyppað cealde brymmas, þæt eall Eadwarde, æðelum kinge, hyrdon holdlice hagestealde menn. XXVIII. wintra gerimes, welan brytnodon. Syððan forð becom freolice in geatwum kyningc kystum god, clæne and milde, Eadward se æðela eðel bewerode, land and leode, oðþæt lungre becom deað se bitera, and swa deore genam æþelne of eorðan; englas feredon soþfæste sawle innan swegles leoht.

While Boniface was to die in Dokkum, Alcuin, who had left England in 782, died in Tours in 804, a key member of Charlemagne’s imported intellectual elite (Orchard 2000; Bullough 2004). Important cultural icons, such as the elaborate and rightly celebrated Lindisfarne Gospels or the mighty Codex Amiatinus, bear eloquent witness to the influence of the Irish on Anglo-Saxon intellectual endeavours, albeit that some Anglo-Saxons (notably Aldhelm, whose early education had a distinctly Irish flavour) seem to have preferred the Mediterranean traditions imported into England at the end of the seventh century by the so-called Canterbury School (Lapidge 2007).

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