Apocryphal Texts and Traditions in Anglo-Saxon England

Apocryphal Texts and Traditions in Anglo-Saxon England

Edited by Kathryn Powell, Donald Scragg

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Studies and editions of Anglo-Saxon apocryphal materials, filling a gap in literature available on the boundaries between apocryphal and orthodox in the period.
Apocrypha and apocryphal traditions in Anglo-Saxon England have been often referred to but little studied. This collection fills a gap in the study of pre-Conquest England by considering what were the boundaries between apocryphal and orthodox in the period and what uses the Anglo-Saxons made of apocryphal materials. The contributors include some of the most well-known and respected scholars in the field. The introduction - written by Frederick M. Biggs, one of the principal editors of Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture - expertly situates the essays within the field of apocrypha studies. The essays themselves cover a broad range of topics: both vernacular and Latin texts, those available in Anglo-Saxon England and those actually written there, and the uses of apocrypha in art as well as literature. Additionally, the book includes a number of completely new editions of apocryphal texts which were previously unpublished or difficult to access. By presenting these new texts along with the accompanying range of essays, the collection aims to retrieve these apocryphal traditions from the margins of scholarship and restore to them some of the importance they held for the Anglo-Saxons.

Contributors: DANIEL ANLEZARK, FREDERICK M. BIGGS, ELIZABETH COATSWORTH, THOMAS N. HALL, JOYCE HILL, CATHERINE KARKOV, PATRIZIA LENDINARA, AIDEEN O'LEARY, CHARLES D. WRIGHT.

Details

May 2003
10 black and white illustrations
182 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Pubns Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies
ISBN: 9780859917742
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC ACK, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3F, 4P
BISAC LIT011000
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Table of Contents

An Introduction and Overview of Recent Work - Frederick M Biggs
The Apocalypse of Thomas: Some New Latin Texts and Their Significance for the Old English Versions - Charles D Wright
Ælfric and the Epistle to the Laodiceans - Thomas N. Hall
The Versus Sibyllae de die Iudicii in Anglo-Saxon England - Patrizia Lendinara
Apostolic Passiones in Early Anglo-Saxon England - Aideen O'Leary
The Fall of the Angels in Solomon and Saturn II - Daniel Anlezark
The Book of Enoch and Anglo-Saxon Art - Elizabeth Coatsworth
Judgement and Salvation in the New Minster Liber Vitae - Catherine E. Karkov
The Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England: The Challenge of Changing Distinctions - Joyce Hill

Reviews

Represents a fine addition to Boydell & Brewer's stable of recent publications. The book's usefulness for several disciplines demands its inclusion in university libraries. JOURNAL for the STUDY of the PSEUDEPIGRAPHA
Offers judicious, scholarly and often-valuable studies of individual texts and traditions in Latin and vernacular clerical texts and in Anglo-Saxon art. SPECULUM

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