By Stephen J. Harris
Bede and Aethelthryth asks why Christians in Britain round the yr seven hundred loved Latin poetry. What did they see in it? What did they get from it? This publication makes an attempt to reconstruct the horizon of expectation of a hugely discovered, Latin-speaking nun as she encounters a fifty-line poem via the Venerable Bede, the Hymn to Aethelthryth.
The reconstruction is hypothetical and derived from grammatical manuals, discovered commentaries from the early medieval interval (especially Servius’s statement on Virgil), and a large choice of aesthetic observations via classical and medieval readers. the 1st 4 chapters describe uncomplicated expectancies of a reader of Christian Latin poetry. The 5th bankruptcy locations the Hymn in its context within Bede’s Ecclesiastical History. a number of pages after Bede documents his hymn, Caedmon will recite his personal hymn below the watchful eye of Whitby’s Abbess Hild, who used to be a pal of Aethelthryth.
Both hymns are makes an attempt to reform the lyric traditions of pagan Rome and pagan Anglo-Saxon England within the gentle of Christian educating. The final 3 chapters include a line-by-line observation on Bede’s alphabetic, epanaleptic elegy.
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Bede and Aethelthryth: An Introduction to Christian Latin Poetics (WV MEDIEVEAL EUROPEAN STUDIES) by Stephen J. Harris