The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium)

The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium)

Edited by Kazutomo Karasawa

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

First modern text and English translation of an important Anglo-Saxon poem dealing with the liturgical year.
The late tenth-century Old English Metrical Calendar (traditionally known as Menologium) summarises, in the characteristic heroic diction and traditional metre of Old English poetry, the major course of the Anglo-Saxon liturgical year. It sets out, in a methodical structure based on the basic temporal framework of the solar/natural year, the locations of the major feasts widely observed in late Anglo-Saxon England. Such a work could have been a practical timepiece for reading the dates of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, for which it serves as a kind of prologue in the manuscript. The clearly domestic perspective of the poem, which fits in the manuscript context, is also noteworthy, while the poem also reveals various interesting characteristics in its grammar, vocabulary and prosody.
This is the first full modern edition of the poem, and is accompanied by a facing translation. The introduction provides an extensive discussion of matter, content, style, and context, while the commentary offers further information. The volume also includes the texts and translations of a number of analogous works.

Kazutomo Karasawa is Professor of English philology at Komazawa University, Tokyo.

Details

April 2015
2 black and white illustrations
245 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Anglo-Saxon Texts
ISBN: 9781843844099
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3F
BISAC LIT011000, POE005020, POE022000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium): Text and Translation
Appendix 1: The Prose Menologium
Appendix 2: Metrical Calendar of York
Appendix 3: Félire Adamnáin
Appendix 4: Enlaith betha
Appendix 5: List of Anglo-Saxon Calendars
Appendix 6: Immovable Feasts Marked in Anglo-Saxon Calendars
Appendix 7: Vigils in Anglo-Saxon Calendars
Appendix 8: Dates of the Solar Turning Points in Anglo-Saxon Calendars
Appendix 9: Latin and Old English Month-names in the Old English Written Tradition and in the Verse Menologium
Glossary
Bibliography

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