The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: 7. MS E

August 2002
1 black and white illustrations
354 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
ISBN: 9780859914949
Format: Hardback
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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: 7. MS E

Edited by Susan Irvine

Part of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Collaborative Series, which now includes editions of the main texts through from A to F.
This volume offers a new edition of the E-text of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, commonly known as the Peterborough Chronicle. The E-text is of enormous importance in Chronicle studies: in its early part it is the best representative of the Northern Recension of the Chronicle; in continuing up to the second half of the twelfth century, its span is by far the longest of all the versions. Even more than other versions of the Chronicle, it reflects transitions of vital interest to historians, linguists, and literary scholars.
The E-text has not been edited in its entirety, except as a facsimile, for over a century. This semi-diplomatic edition offers a readable text with modern punctuation and capitalization. The interpolated material relating to Peterborough is clearly distinguished from the rest of the text. Indices of personal names, people-names, and place-names follow the text itself. The Introduction includes an account of the manuscript and a linguistic analysis of the E-text.
The E-text cannot of course be studied in isolation. This volume is part of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Collaborative Series and with its publication the Series now includes editions of the main texts through from A to F. A substantial section of the Introduction to the volume is devoted to a detailed discussion of E's complex textual relationships with the other versions of the Chronicle, and also with other relevant documents such as Peterborough Charters and twelfth-century Latin chronicles.

Dr SUSAN IRVINE is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University College, London.

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Likely to become the new standard edition of the E text. BULLETIN CODICOLOGIQUE (SCRIPTORIUM)

This new edition is a work of impressive scholarship and destined to become indispensable. EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPE

Impressive, and it is likely that it will become the principal edition of E for some decades to come. [...] Irvine's scholarship, always so modestly presented, is meticulous, erudite and accessible, and the volume a major contribution to literary and textual studies. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

Should prove useful to teachers of Anglo-Saxon language and history. MEDIUM AEVUM

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