Aelfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham

Aelfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham - Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England

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Synopsis

Though best known today for his Old English homilies, the Anglo-Saxon scholar Ælfric 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780511483325
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 271.102
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 255
Weight: -1g