By Mechthild Gretsch
The literature of Anglo-Saxon England is exclusive between modern eu literatures in that it includes a large quantity of saints' lives within the vernacular. This learn analyzes an important writer Aelfric's lives of 5 very important saints within the gentle in their cults in Anglo-Saxon England, supplying the reader interesting glimpses of 'Aelfric at work'. He adapts the cults and rewrites the acquired Latin hagiography in order that every one in their lives conveys a different message to the modern political elite in addition to to a lay viewers at huge.
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Cambridge, University Library, Kk. 4. 6, written at Worcester in the first half of the twelfth century, is the only English manuscript of the ‘Leiden family’ which has survived. J. D. Pheifer’s study of the textual relationships of the Bible glosses in the ‘Leiden family’ suggests that CUL Kk. 4. 34 It is possible, therefore, that an English tradition of the Canterbury glosses existed (either dating from the pre-Viking period, or reimported 31 32 33 34 See King Alfred’s West-Saxon Version of Gregory’s Pastoral Care, ed.
Xi3/4 , but based on an earlier text which was probably compiled at Winchester in the early eleventh century: cf. Prescott, ‘Structure of Pre-Conquest Benedictionals’, p. 130. For this group of ealdormen and thegns who on charter evidence were prominent in Æthelred’s entourage in the 990s and the first years of the new millennium, see Keynes, Diplomas, pp. 191–3 and 209–13, and Keynes, ‘Apocalypse Then: England AD 1000’, pp. 261–4. : ‘omnes cernentes biblum’; Godeman’s poem is printed by Lapidge, ‘The Hermeneutic Style in Tenth-Century Anglo-Latin Literature’, pp.
For Ælfric’s thoughts on this point, which can be traced especially in his Lives of Saints collection, see below, pp. 56–7. See Lapidge, in Biblical Commentaries, ed. Bischoff and Lapidge, pp. 520 and 527. See J. D. Pheifer, ‘The Canterbury Bible Glosses: Facts and Problems’, in Archbishop Theodore, ed. Lapidge, pp. 281–333, at 283–7. 29 Ælfric and the Cult of Saints into England at the end of the ninth or in the tenth century), and that these glosses were disseminated in a number of manuscripts, one of them extant at Worcester in the twelfth century, and serving as the exemplar for Kk.