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Ælfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England

  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030731

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  • Though best known today for his Old English homilies, the Anglo-Saxon scholar Ælfric also composed, in a "letter" to his fellow monks, a set of Latin liturgical instructions that offer a rare glimpse of what ordinary monks were expected to know and do. This book contains a new edition of the Latin text with a critical apparatus, and the only complete English translation. Commentary and substantial introductory chapters establish the letter's exceptional importance for our understanding of late Anglo-Saxon monasticism and liturgy.

    • This book contains a complete translation of a text vital to the study of early English monasticism
    • It provides a re-edition with apparatus, commentary and a detailed introduction to an important work by a major medieval English author
    • It makes the difficult subject of medieval liturgy more accessible to a general audience
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...extensive commentary..." Theology Digest

    "...impressive scholarly introduction...This text gives a remarkable insight into what was read, sung, and enacted in an Anglo-Saxon monastery at the turn of the previous millennium." Church History

    "Jones gives any student much to learn in this wide treatment...The Cambridge University Press and the series editors deserve thanks and congratulations for publishing this excellent work, which will illuminate its readers while extending the reputation of the house further." Speculum

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030731
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. The Eynsham 'letter' and the study of Ælfric
    2. Structure and sources
    3. The manuscript
    4. Critical and editorial history
    Editorial principles
    Ælfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham: text and translation
    Index of liturgical formae
    General index.

  • Author

    Christopher A. Jones, Idaho State University

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