Anglo-Saxon England, Volume 26

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Michael Lapidge
Cambridge University Press, Oct 11, 2007 - History - 340 pages
In the present volume, the two essays that frame the book provide exciting insight into the mental world of the Anglo-Saxons by showing on the one hand how they understood the processes of reading and assimilating knowledge and, on the other, how they conceived of time and the passage of the seasons. In the field of art history, two essays treat two of the best-known Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. The lavish symbol pages in the 'Book of Durrow' are shown to reflect a programmatic exposition of the meaning of Easter, and a posthumous essay by a distinguished art historian shows how the Anglo-Saxon illustrations added to the 'Galba Psalter' are best to be understood in the context of the programme of learning instituted by King Alfred. The usual comprehensive bibliography of the previous year's publications in all branches of Anglo-Saxon studies rounds off the book.
 

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Contents

The Book of Durrow and the question of programme
23
The liturgy of St Willibrord
41
The case for a West Saxon minuscule
63
Power skill and virtue in the Old English Boethius
81
pictures texts and context in an early medieval
109
On the date provenance and relationship of the Solomon
139
The origin and development of the AngloSaxon Psychomachia
169
omission of episodes in some Old English prose
187
a previously unedited Old English sermon
209
The seasons of the year in Old English
231
Bibliography for 1996
265
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