An Introduction to the Old English Language and Its Literature
The purpose of this general introduction to Old English is not to deal with the teaching of Old English but to dispel some misconceptions about the language and to give an outline of its structure and its literature.
Old English tends to be associated with universities and it is, perhaps, because of this that it is commonly believed to be a particularly difficult language to learn. In fact Old English is a less complex and more modern language than Latin. It is also a beautiful language to speak, and hear spoken, and will reward those who take the trouble to learn it.
Many of the Old English manuscripts that have survived the ravages of time give a fascinating insight into English society during what is often, mistakenly, called the Dark Ages. The subject matter of the manuscripts, which vary widely (e.g. laws, riddles), are also important in what they reveal about the origins of English institutions and attitudes.
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Introduction to the Second Edition
Dialects of Old English
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