Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Secular Learning in Anglo-Saxon England: Exploring the Vernacular

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Secular Learning in Anglo-Saxon England: Exploring the Vernacular

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Secular Learning in Anglo-Saxon England: Exploring the Vernacular, ed. László Sándor Chardonnens and Bryan Carelia, Amsterdamer Beiträge zur Alteren Germanistik, Band 69 (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2012). xxvi + 250 pp. ISBN 978-90-420-3546-1 (p/b), ISBN 978-94-012-0819-2 (e-book). euro58.oo/$78.oo. The present volume explores the development of Old English secular learning since the publication of Hollis and Wright's Old English Prose of Secular Learning in 1992. The editors include examples of both prose and poetry, and incorporate studies in law, encyclopedic notes, computus, medicine, charms, and prognostication, all of which focus on the vernacular. Essays include ?Anglo-Saxon secular learning and the vernacular: an overview' (Stephanie Hollis); ?Slavery, learning and the law of marriage in Alfred's Alosaic prologue' (Stefan Jurasinski); ? …

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