Academic journal article Medium Aevum

King Alfred's Old English Translation of Pope Gregory the Great's 'Regula Pastoralis' and Its Cultural Context: A Study and Partial Edition According to All Surviving Manuscripts Based on Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 12

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

King Alfred's Old English Translation of Pope Gregory the Great's 'Regula Pastoralis' and Its Cultural Context: A Study and Partial Edition According to All Surviving Manuscripts Based on Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 12

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Carolin Schreiber, King Alfred's Old English Translation of Pope Gregory the Great's 'Regula pastoralis' and its Cultural Context: A Study and Partial Edition According to All Surviving Manuscripts Based on Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 12 (Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2003). xiii + 674 pp. ISBN 3-631-50225-7. £52.00. Carolin Schreiber's careful study of the manuscripts and texts of the Alfredian translation of Gregory the Great's Reguk pastoralis represents a significant contribution to research on a major work of Old English literature. This study, which is roughly one-third introductory discussion, one-third partial edition, and one-third commentary, considers the shifting contexts of the early Old English text and its later revision. After a brief introduction to the Latin text and its early medieval reception, Schreiber outlines the late ninth-century cultural context which saw the work's translation and dissemination in England. The strength of this edition emerges with examination of the Latin text underlying the Reguk, which leads into a close analysis of the method of translation. This detailed work with the surviving texts leads into a comprehensive discussion of the relationship between the surviving Old English texts and their manuscripts. The modifications she suggests to the received stemma are persuasive, and soundly supported by the evidence gathered in the accompanying partial edition. …

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