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The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church

The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church
The First Part Containing the Sermones Catholici, or Homilies of Aelfric in the Original Anglo-Saxon, with an English Version
2 Volume Set


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  • Date Published: August 2013
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108061124

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  • The writings of Ælfric of Eynsham (c.950–c.1010) are among the most important to survive from Anglo-Saxon England. He was shaped by tenth-century monastic reform, and his promotion of Old English was highly influential. His earliest known works, the Sermones Catholici (c.990–5), are adaptations of Latin texts rendered in Old English. The homilies draw on the gospels, saints' lives and other doctrinal themes. They were intended to be delivered over two years. This two-volume collection, first published between 1844 and 1846, contains transcriptions of the Old English texts with facing-page translations by Benjamin Thorpe (1781/2–1870). A well-respected scholar with a strong interest in promoting the study of Old English, Thorpe produced an important edition of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the Rolls Series (also reissued in this series). The volumes of the present work contain sermons that illuminate important calendrical events as well as doctrine and church history.

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    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108061124
    • length: 1272 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 145 x 76 mm
    • weight: 1.6kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. On the beginning of creation
    2. On the nativity of Our Lord
    3. The passion of the Blessed Stephen protomartyr
    4. The assumption of St John the Apostle
    5. The nativity of the Innocents
    6. The octaves and circumcision of Our Lord
    7. The epiphany of Our Lord
    8. The third Sunday after the Lord's epiphany
    9. On the purification of St Mary
    10. Shrove Tuesday
    11. The first Sunday in Lent
    12. Midlent Sunday
    13. The annunciation of St Mary
    14. For Palm Sunday
    15. Easter Sunday
    16. The first Sunday after Easter
    17. The second Sunday after Easter
    18. On the greater litany
    19. On the Lord's prayer
    20. Of the Catholic faith
    21. On the Lord's ascension
    22. On the holy day of Pentecost
    23. The second Sunday after Pentecost
    24. The fourth Sunday after Pentecost
    25. The nativity of St John the Baptist
    26. The passion of the apostles Peter and Paul
    27. The nativity of St Paul the apostle
    28. The eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
    29. The passion of the blessed martyr Lawrence
    30. On the assumption of the blessed Mary
    31. The passion of St Bartholomew the apostle
    32. The decollation of St John the Baptist
    33. The seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
    34. Dedication of the church of St Michael the Archangel
    35. The twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
    36. The nativity of All Saints
    37. The nativity of St Clement the martyr
    38. The nativity of St Andrew the apostle
    39. The first Sunday in the Lord's advent
    40. The second Sunday in the Lord's advent
    Notes. Volume 2: Preface
    1. The nativity of the Lord
    2. The nativity of St Stephen protomartyr
    3. Sermon on the Lord's epiphany
    4. The second Sunday after the Lord's epiphany
    5. Septuagesima Sunday
    6. Sexagesima Sunday
    7. The first Sunday in Lent
    8. The second Sunday in Lent
    9. St Gregory the Great
    10. The deposition of St Cuthberht
    11. St Benedict, abbot
    12. Midlent Sunday
    13. The fifth Sunday in Lent
    14. Palm Sunday
    15. A sermon on the sacrifice on Easter-day
    16. Another sermon on Easter-day
    17. Wednesday in Easter week
    18. The apostles Philip and James
    19. The invention of the holy cross
    20. The saints Alexander, Eventius and Theodulus
    21. Monday
    22. On the greater litany
    23. Another vision
    24. A hortatory sermon on the efficacy of holy mass
    25. On the greater litany
    26. The third Sunday after Pentecost
    27. Another narrative on the text of the gospel
    28. On the festival of St Peter the apostle
    29. The fifth Sunday after Pentecost
    30. The ninth Sunday after Pentecost
    31. The nativity of St James the apostle
    32. The seven holy sleepers
    33. The twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
    34. The assumption of the holy virgin Mary
    35. The first Sunday in September
    36. The sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    37. The nativity of St Matthew
    38. The passion of the holy apostles Simon and Jude
    39. The deposition of St Martin
    40. On the nativity of one apostle
    41. On the nativity of several apostles
    42. On the nativity of holy martyrs
    43. On the nativity of one confessor
    44. On the nativity of holy virgins
    45. On the dedication of a church.

  • Author

    Ælfric Abbot of Eynsham

    Editor and Translator

    Benjamin Thorpe

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