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 ebook makes an attempt to reconstruct the horizon of expectation of a hugely realized, Latin-speaking nun as she encounters a fifty-line poem through the Venerable Bede, the Hymn to Aethelthryth.
The reconstruction is hypothetical and derived from grammatical manuals, realized commentaries from the early medieval interval (especially Servius’s remark on Virgil), and a wide selection of aesthetic observations by means of classical and medieval readers. the 1st 4 chapters describe uncomplicated expectancies of a reader of Christian Latin poetry. The 5th bankruptcy areas 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 was once 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 instructing. 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