By Corinne Saunders

A better half to Medieval Poetry provides a sequence of unique essays from top literary students that discover English poetry from the Anglo-Saxon interval as much as the 15th century. Organised into 3 components to echo the chronological and stylistic divisions among the Anglo-Saxon, heart English and Post-Chaucerian sessions, each one part is brought with contextual essays, offering a invaluable creation to the society and tradition of the timeCombines a common dialogue of genres of medieval poetry, with particular attention of texts and authors, together with Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the golf green Knight, Chaucer, Gower and LanglandFeatures unique essays through eminent students, together with Andy Orchard, Carl Schmidt, Douglas grey, and Barry Windeatt,  who current quite a number theoretical, ancient, and cultural methods to interpreting medieval poetry, in addition to delivering shut research of person texts and traditions

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In this year, Pope Gregory sent Augustine to Britain with very many monks, who preached the word of God to the English people. 597. In this year, Ceolwulf began to reign over the West-Saxons; and he constantly fought and struggled against the Angles, or the Welsh, or the Picts, or the Irish. He was the son of Cutha, Cutha of Cynric, Cynric of Cerdic, Cerdic of Elesa, Elesa of Gewis, Gewis of Wig, Wig of Freawine, Freawine of Frithugar, Frithugar of Brand, Brand of Baldæg, and Baldæg of Woden. What is striking about this genealogy, which directly links King Ceolwulf of the West Saxons both with the Conversion of the Anglo-Saxons (though note that here it is characterised as a mission ‘to Britain’, as if the already-converted Britons were in need of further correction), and with the pagan figure of Woden, the god from whom so many of the Anglo-Saxon royal lines (as well as that of the Danes) derive, is on the one hand the proud listing of the foes with which he continually strove (Angles, Welsh, Picts, and Irish), and on the other the fact that Ceolwulf’s geneaology fits very nearly exactly into the traditional pattern of Anglo-Saxon verse, where two-stress phrases are linked by alliterations between one or both of the stressed syllables in the first halfline and alliterate with the first stressed syllable of the second.

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Wish you were here: Alcuin’s courtly verse and the boys back home. In S. Rees Jones, R. Marks and A. J. Minnis (eds). Courts and Regions in Medieval Europe (pp. 21–43). Wood­ bridge: York Medieval Press. Orchard, A. (2001a). The literary background to the Encomium Emmae Reginae. Journal of Medieval Latin, 11, 157–84. Orchard, A. (2001b). Old sources, new resources: finding the right formula for Boniface. AngloSaxon England, 30, 15–38. Orchard, A. (2003a). Latin and the vernacular languages: the creation of a bilingual textual culture.

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