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Description - The Intellectual Foundations of the English Benedictine Reform by Mechthild Gretsch

This book explores the foundations of the intellectual renaissance in tenth-century England, including both the English Benedictine reform and the establishment by Athelwold, Bishop of Winchester (963-84), of the most influential school in late Anglo-Saxon England. The vital early stages of Athelwold's scholarly career are explored for the first time, particularly his formative years in King Athelstan's entourage and his period of study at Glastonbury. New light is shed on the contribution which Athelstan's cosmopolitan court made to intellectual and spiritual life. Based on a wide range of evidence Dr Gretsch assigns to Athelwold two influential texts: an interlinear translation of the psalter and a vast corpus of Old English glosses to Aldhelm's prose De virginitate. These glosses are shown to have played a pivotal role in the development of the vernacular as a medium for scholarly discourse.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521581554
ISBN-10: 0521581559
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 484
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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