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Advanced Old English: Ælfric's Lives of the Saints

March 2022

Precepted by Larry Swain.
Saints’ Lives were a major and important genre of literature and were composed in prose and poetry. In this module we will look at three prose lives written in the 990s by Aelfric of Eynsham, from whose quill more Old English survives than even the prolific Anonymous! Those three are English figures: Kings who became saints Oswin and Edmund and the capital city saint Swithun. Then we will begin Guthlac A, one of the poetic treatments of a St Guthlac of East Anglia.

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Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays @7:00 PM Eastern Time

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