Ălfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 25, 1999 - Literary Criticism
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Though best known today for his Old English homilies, the Anglo-Saxon scholar Ălfric also composed a Latin 'letter' to his fellow monks at Eynsham (Oxfordshire) containing a detailed outline of their daily and seasonal round of prayer and other duties. The document offers a rare glimpse of what ordinary monks in Anglo-Saxon England were expected to know and do. This 1999 book contains an edition of the Latin letters a textual commentary, and a complete English translation of the work. Dr Jones also provides substantial introductory chapters which establish the exceptional importance of the Eynsham letter for our understanding of late Anglo-Saxon monasticism and liturgy. The book will interest students of early medieval culture, monasticism and Church history.
 

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Contents

1 The Eynsham letter and the study of Ălfric
1
2 Structure and sources
18
3 The manuscript
71
4 Critical and editorial history
92
Editorial principles
103
Ălfrics Letter to the Monks of Eynsham
110
Ălfrics Letter to the Monks of Eynsham
111
Commentary
150
APPENDIX Concordance of section divisions in the Regularis concordia
229
Bibliography
231
Index of liturgical formae
241
General index
245
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