Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Old English Boethius: An Edition of the Old English Versions of Boethius's 'De Consolatione Philosophiae'

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Old English Boethius: An Edition of the Old English Versions of Boethius's 'De Consolatione Philosophiae'

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The Old English Boethius: An Edition of the Old English Versions of Boethius's 'De consolatione Philosophiae', ed. Malcolm Godden and Susan Irvine, with a chapter on the Metres by Mark Griffiths and contributions by Rohini Jayatilaka, 2 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). xlvi + 547 + 634 pp.; 4 plates. ISBN 978-0-1992-5966-3. £195.00. This monumental edition makes accessible for the first time both the entire prose and prosimetrical versions of the Old English translation of Boethius' De consolatione Philosophiae. The prose version is preserved in a late eleventhor early twelfth-century manuscript, Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 180 (MS B), while the prosimetrical version survives in a badly damaged tenth-century copy, London, British Library, Cotton Otho A. vi (MS C). Both are derived from a translation made in a southern scriptorium between

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