His elegantly written study focuses on Anglo-Saxon representations of place as revealed in a wide variety of texts in Latin and Old English, as well as in diagrams of holy sites and a single map of the known world found in British Library, Cotton Tiberius B v. The ealdormen, if they wished to assert themselves, had to establish links in order to gain and retain control, and at times this must have looked suspiciously like treachery. St Dunstan: His Life, Times and Cult. The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf saw England become the world's first nation state and Europe's first country to conduct affairs in its own language, and Bede and Boniface of Wessex establish the dating convention we still use today. The work embraces a number of different scholarly approaches, from codicological study to feminist theory. The Diplomas of King Æthelred 'the Unready', 978 - 1016. The volume concentrates on four major areas: the female saint in the Old English Martyrology, genre including hagiography and homelitic writing, motherhood and chastity, and differing perspectives on lives of virgin martyrs.
Clearly written and a pleasure to read. Wright, Michael and Kathleen Loncar, trans. Works can belong to more than one series. Introductory and concluding sections form bridges to current scholarship on representations of Englishness through pastoral topoi in the Early Modern period. Ranging from the seventh to the eleventh century, the chapters in this volume offer fresh approaches to a wide range of linguistic, historical, legal, diplomatic and palaeographical evidence. My own undergraduate and postgraduate studies were at Oxford University, the University of Reading and King's College, London.
This book explores how power is shaped and negotiated in later Anglo-Saxon texts, focusing in particular on how hierarchical, vertical structures are presented alongside patterns of reciprocity and economies of mutual obligation, especially within the context of patronage relationships whether secular, spiritual, literal or symbolic. Fjalldal finds that in response to a hostile Norwegian court and kings, Icelandic authors? The great magnates of Anglo-Saxon England were not poor men. The importance of Æ lfgifu's kinship is clear, and Emma does not wish to offend this great family. Historia Anglorum:The History of the English People. That document, rich in the history of Anglo-Saxon England and suggestive of the uses of literacy, has long been a canonical text in the teaching of the Old English language, and it begins Seth Lerer's study of the place of texts in the construction of the Anglo-Saxon literary imagination. He, of course, was not so fortunate.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Essays in Anglo-Saxon Studies; No. Yet late Anglo-Saxon law codes, histories and hagiographies also evidence a growing acceptance of the practical political expedient of blinding as a means to the deprivation of power. The Chronicle of John of Worcester: The Annals from 450 - 1066. Through close analysis of a wide selection of sources in the vernacular and Latin including the Guthlac poems of the Exeter Book, Old English verse epitaphs, the acrostic poetry of Abbo of Fleury, the Encomium Emmae Reginae and Libellus Æthelwoldi Episcopi , the study examines how texts sustain dual ways of seeing and understanding power, generating a range of imaginative possibilities along with tensions, ambiguities and instances of disguise or euphemism.
Until my next blog-post — enjoy preparing for Christmas-tide! A cult of martyrs arose in Anglo-Saxon England which included Christian kings who had died either in battle or in defence of Christianity. In The Lives and Miracles of Saints Oda, Dunstan and Oswald. Author by : Gale R. Elf-beliefs, moreover, were connected with Anglo-Saxon constructions of sex and gender; their changing nature provides a rare insight into a fascinating area of early medieval European culture. He had lands in Staffordshire and Derbyshire, estates in Shropshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Including all the latest research, this is a fascinating assessment of a vital historical period. Æthelstan: The First King of England.
Here's a video about a recent project I've led: The St Thomas Way, a new heritage route from Swansea to Hereford, inspired by a real medieval pilgrimage. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998. By the tenth-century, however, land was being booked without any pretence that it would go to endow a church. The first kings were pagan and when Christianity became established the Christian kings kept many of the characteristics of their pagan forebears. Journal of Medieval History, 41 3 , 249-255. Cuthbert's settlement of Farne is read in the same terms, and central.
I love the name, Wulfric Spott! The king needed his councillors and officials. Cnut with his sons Harald and Harthacnut A simple equation which has always held true is that wealth equals power. Since many of these texts are rarely examined outside of Iceland or in the English language, Fjalldal? He finds in Anglo-Saxon geographic images a persistent sense of being far from the center of the world, and he discusses how these migratory peoples narrowed that distance and developed ways to define themselves. An e-book version of this title is available 9781846155376 , to libraries through a number of trusted suppliers. Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2010.
The England of Icelandic medieval texts is more of a stage than a country, and chiefly functions to provide saga heroes with fame abroad. Edited and translated by Michael Lapidge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. In contrast, the hagiographies use blindings, attempted blindings and healings as tropes that evidence and bestow the power of God in opposition to political power. Last time I talked about. The will also refers to lands in South Lancashire and Cheshire. This book explores how power is shaped and nego -A work of fine and nuanced intelligence.
You can change your cookie settings at any time. It certainly opened my eyes to the fact that Anglo-Saxon times were very violent. Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature: Negotiations of National Identity. Notes and Queries, 54 4 , 368-370. Research interests I am a specialist in medieval literature and culture. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works. Ambition and power perhaps inevitably cause conflict.
Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages. The Review of English Studies Oxford Academic A commonplace of literary criticism assumes that sensitivity to the pastoral, and specifically the locus amoenus, emerges in English writing in the sixteenth century. The volume concentrates on four major areas: the female saint in the Old English Martyrology, genre including hagiography and homelitic writing, motherhood and chastity, and differing perspectives on lives of virgin martyrs. In his Preface to Pope Gregory's Pastoral Care, Alfred equated a knowledge of texts with the right governance of self and state. Contrary to the practices of continental Europe, the sparse records of blindings, legal, political or allegorical, demonstrate a cultural reluctance to use blinding as punitive measure. By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. The usual comprehensive bibliography of the previous year's publications is provided.