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By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain

This well timed creation to previous English literature specializes in the creation and reception of outdated English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon historical past and tradition.
• Introduces outdated English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on old and cultural contexts within the box of medieval stories.
• Treats almost the full diversity of textual varieties preserved in outdated English.
• Considers the creation, reception and makes use of of outdated English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds an important to figuring out outdated English literature.
• bargains very huge bibliographical tips.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon stories is uniquely put to give a contribution to present literary debates.

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17 Following mainly chronological order, Bede traces in five books the political history of Britain and the progress of the faith among the Anglo-Saxons. Book I, after a description of the island of Britain derived entirely from earlier authorities, covers the period from the first, temporary occupation by Julius Caesar in 55–54 BCE to the period just before the death of Pope Gregory the Great (604 CE); Book II extends from Gregory’s death to the slaying of King Edwin of Northumbria (633) at the hands of the pagan King Penda of Mercia, resulting in the apostasy of Northumbria; Book III concerns the replanting of the faith in the north and the conversion of the midland kingdoms; Book IV records the effects of Archbishop Theodore’s reforms and the lives of Ss.

When they sacked the monastery at Lindisfarne in 793, disastrous as this event was (it is lamented in a substantial poem by Alcuin, ed. Dümmler 1881: 229–35), it was a comparatively minor act of mayhem perpetrated by a raiding party typical of the first viking groups in England, which rarely comprised as many as fifty ships. Little more than half a century later the entire political scene had been transformed, as the raiders no longer came in independent parties but in vast armies under a central command.

And trans. 5–360) is superior. For other translations consult King 1930, Sherley-Price and Farmer 1990, and McClure and Collins 1994. On the context and aims of Bede’s Historia, see Higham 2006, Gunn 2009. For commentaries on the work, see WallaceHadrill 1988 and J. Wright 2008. On Boniface’s career, see Levison 1946: 70–93 and Reuter 1980. On the Latin literature of the English missions, see also McGowan 2001b: 28–31. On Alcuin’s life and works, the only comprehensive treatments are Gaskoin 1904 and Duckett 1951.

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