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King Alfred's Old English Translation of Pope Gregory the Great's Regula Pastoralis and Its Cultural Context (Paperback)

P&S History > Medieval World > Viking & Early Medieval Europe > Viking & Early Medieval Language & Literature

Imprint: Peter Lang Verlag
Pages: 674
ISBN: 9780820460505
Published: 31st October 2003
Casemate UK Academic

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King Alfred the Great (871–99) translated Pope Gregory the Great’s Regula pastoralis as part of his programme for the revival of learning in Viking-age England. Three of the surviving six pre-Conquest manuscripts are edited for the first time in substantial parts in this volume; the edition is accompanied by a comprehensive commentary. The introduction presents a survey of the reception and transmission of the Latin and Old English texts and examines the relationship of the Old English manuscripts. Special attention is paid to the linguistic status of Early West Saxon, which is discussed in the light of its historical and political context. A tenth-century revision of the Early West Saxon text in two of the surviving manuscripts is examined in the final chapter.

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