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By Mechthild Gretsch

The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is exclusive between modern eu literatures in that it incorporates a giant quantity of saints' lives within the vernacular. This examine analyzes an important writer Aelfric's lives of 5 vital saints within the mild in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England, offering the reader attention-grabbing glimpses of 'Aelfric at work'. He adapts the cults and rewrites the acquired Latin hagiography in order that every one in their lives conveys a special message to the modern political elite in addition to to a lay viewers at huge.

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Xxvi). For the manuscripts, see ibid. pp. , pp. 13–25, and Lapidge, in Biblical Commentaries, ed. Bischoff and Lapidge, pp. 168–72. For the Leiden Glossary as a testimony to Theodore’s and Hadrian’s Canterbury school, see Lapidge, ‘The School of Theodore and Hadrian’, pp. , ‘Appendix’, pp. 163–8); and see Lapidge, in Biblical Commentaries, ed. Bischoff and Lapidge, pp. 173–9. The Leiden Glossary is ptd by Hessels, A Late Eighth-Century Latin-Anglo-Saxon Glossary. The Gregory batches are ptd Hessels, Late Eighth-Century Glossary, pp.

131. That it was produced, inter alia, to streamline the text into some conformity with Winchester vocabulary has been convincingly demonstrated by Hofstetter, Winchester und der sp¨ataltenglische Sprachgebrauch, pp. 146–9. For the character of the Winchester words and the rationale behind their employment, see now Gretsch, ‘Winchester Vocabulary and Standard Old English’, pp. 44–69. For Ealdwulf as the possible reviser, see D. Yerkes, ‘The Translation of Gregory’s Dialogues and its Revision: Textual History, Provenance, Authorship’, in Studies in Earlier Old English Prose, ed.

12 Therefore, when Ælfric, in the second sentence of his Life, says about Gregory: He is rihtlice Engliscre ð eode apostol, forð an ð e he þurh his ræd and sande us fram deofles biggengum ætbræd and to Godes geleafan gebigde13 he will have been aware that – in spite of the clear verbal echoes – he was not only reiterating Bede, one of his principal sources. 14 His Winchester training will no doubt have guaranteed a thorough knowledge of Aldhelm, the most prominent curriculum author in 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Cf.

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