Anglo-Saxon England: Volume 37 by Malcolm Godden, Simon Keynes

By Malcolm Godden, Simon Keynes

Anglo-Saxon England is the one ebook which constantly embraces the entire major features of research of Anglo-Saxon background and tradition - linguistic, literary, textual, palaeographic, spiritual, highbrow, ancient, archaeological and creative - and which promotes the more odd pursuits - in song or medication or schooling, for instance. Articles in quantity 37 contain: list of the 13th convention of the overseas Society of Anglo-Saxonists on the Institute of English experiences, college of London, 30 July to four August 2007; The virtues of rhetoric: Alcuin's Disputatio de rhetorica et de uirtutibus; King Edgar's constitution for Pershore (972); misplaced voices from Anglo-Saxon Lichfield; The previous English Promissio Regis; 'lfric, the Vikings, and an nameless preacher in Cambridge, Corpus Christi collage (162); Re-evaluating base-metal artifacts: an inscribed lead strap-end from Crewkerne, Somerset; Anglo-Saxon and comparable entries within the Oxford Dictionary of nationwide Biography (2004); Bibliography for 2007.

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Read in these terms, the Disputatio de rhetorica is much more than just a textbook. It provides a profound insight into how Alcuin put together the instruments of his own public and literary activity, as a means of discharging his own duty as a uir ciuilis, his own responsibility as a servant of sancta sophia. Read in these terms, indeed, the Disputatio de rhetorica et de uirtutibus suggests one final possibility with which it might be appropriate to conclude. If the list of books in Berlin Diez B.

38 See below, pp. 57–65. 42 39 See above, p. 34. King Edgar’s Charter for Pershore (AD 972) Latin ę in Joscelyn’s transcript is silently normalized to e, as is j to i and v to u, but ę is preserved when used in Old English. In the portion of text which is common to the Augustus and Vitellius manuscripts, the Latin orthography of the single sheet is followed and minor variations in the transcript are not noted; these differences include ecclesia, ecclesiasticus, decussatim, proh, Saphira, Britannię and once dipinxi in Vitellius for æclesia, æclesiasticus, decusatim, pro, Saphyra, Brittanie and depinxi in Augustus.

It is this letter which has prompted the suggestion that the exemplar for the complete ninth-century Quintilian came ‘conceivably . . 10, pp. 103–4. 1, who warns that the art of rhetoric had been set down in Latin by Cicero and Quintilian so copiously and in such variety that, while it was possible for the reader to express wonderment, it was impossible to comprehend. On which, see M. Winterbottom, Institutionis oratoriae libri duodecim, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1970), I, v–xv; Winterbottom, Problems in Quintilian, Bull.

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