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An Invitation to Old English and Anglo-Saxon England

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In the six centuries before the Norman Conquest, the Anglo-Saxons set their mark on England: the origins of much that is distinctive in modern English culture may be found in the period, most notably the English language itself. This outstanding book is an introduction to Old English language and literature set within the context of Anglo-Saxon history and society -so arranged that the one constantly illuminates the other.

Parts I, II, and V aim to provide the reader with an understanding of, and in particular the ability to read, Old English. Drawing on over four decades of teaching experience, the author proceeds in clear, manageable steps. He stresses the 'Englishness' of Old English, guides the reader through possible difficulties, and illustrates each point with examples.

Part III presents a wide-ranging account of Anglo-Saxon England. A description of the literature is followed by a brief history of the period, made vivid through a series of extracts from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. The author draws on the latest archaeological and historical research to describe arts, crafts, and occupations, from weapons, coins, textiles, and jewellery to ship-building, architecture, and sculpture.

In his account of town and country life, of warriors, farmers, and entertainers, Bruce Mitchell shows the impact of Christianity on a heroic society, in which both men and women played important roles. This impact created a tension that is frequently apparent in a representative selection of fifty-one prose and verse texts provided in Part IV. Each of the texts is introduced and placed in context, and footnote annotations explain points of difficulty.

The book is illustrated with maps, line drawings, and photographs. It has a guide to further reading and full indexes, and concludes with a glossary tailored to meet the needs of those encountering Old English for the first time. The author's aim is to allow the reader both to understand Anglo-Saxon society and to experience the richness of its literature and culture. He will be found to have succeeded.

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Dr Clive Trotman is well-known for his work on organisms that survive at the extremes of life. He has been published in leading scientific journals and is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology. He takes an interest in the history of science and has written many articles on antique gadgets and instruments for an Australian antiques magazine; he is also a qualified arbitrator dealing with scientific and intellectual property disputes.He was recently awarded a Doctorate of Science by Brunel University, . London.

Synopsis:

This outstanding book is an introduction to Old English language and literature, set within the context of Anglo-Saxon history and society.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [353]-360) and indexes.

About the Author

Bruce Mitchell is Fellow Emeritus of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. His books include A Guide to Old English written with Fred C. Robinson (fifth edition, 1992), On Old English (1988), and the two volume Old English Syntax (1985). He is currently working with Fred C. Robinson on a new edition of Beowulf.

Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgements.

Contents.

List of Figures.

Map of Anglo Saxon England.

How To Use This Book.

Introduction.

Part I: Spelling, Pronunciation, and Pronunciation:.

Part II: Other Differences between Old English and Modern English:.

Part III: An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England:.

Part IV: The Garden of Old English Literature:.

Part V: Some Paradigms -For Those Who Would Like Them:.

Abbreviations and Symbols.

Bibliography.

Some Significant Dates.

Glossary.

Grammatical and Lexical Index.

General Index.

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Jason Straight, April 6, 2009 (view all comments by Jason Straight)
Old English is certainly old but at first glance it appears anything but English. In this book, Bruce Mitchell exposes the Englishness of Old English and carefully expounds easy steps to making the earliest forms of the English language comprehensible to the reader. For complete knowledge of the language it would be best to look further than merely Mitchell's introduction (perhaps to his Guide or to Campbell's grammar). But as an introduction to the casual learning or merely to satiate curiousity or to encourage the learner who feels bogged down in academic jargon with a more traditional approach, Mitchell's invitaton is very welcome indeed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780631174363
Author:
Mitchell, Bruce
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Mitchell, Adrian
Author:
Bruce Mitc
Author:
hell
Location:
Oxford, UK ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
England
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Anglo-saxons
Subject:
English philology
Subject:
Anglo-Saxons -- Sources.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Great Britain - History - Anglo-
Subject:
English literature - Old English, ca. 450-
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Old, Middle & Medieval English Literature
Copyright:
Series Volume:
1115.
Publication Date:
November 1994
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.98x6.40x1.28 in. 1.44 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Dr Clive Trotman is well-known for his work on organisms that survive at the extremes of life. He has been published in leading scientific journals and is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology. He takes an interest in the history of science and has written many articles on antique gadgets and instruments for an Australian antiques magazine; he is also a qualified arbitrator dealing with scientific and intellectual property disputes.He was recently awarded a Doctorate of Science by Brunel University, . London.
"Synopsis" by , This outstanding book is an introduction to Old English language and literature, set within the context of Anglo-Saxon history and society.
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