By Rebecca Stephenson
Old English literature thrived in overdue tenth-century England. Its good fortune was once the results of a concerted attempt via the leaders of the Benedictine Reform stream to motivate either frequent literacy and a straightforward literary type. The manuscripts written during this period are the resource for almost all of the previous English literature that survives this present day, together with literary classics resembling Beowulf. but an analogous clergymen who copied and compiled those very important previous English texts themselves wrote in a rarified Latin, choked with esoteric vocabulary and convoluted syntax and nearly incomprehensible even to the well-educated.
Comparing works through the 2 such a lot prolific authors of the period, Byrhtferth of Ramsey and Ælfric of Eynsham, Rebecca Stephenson explains the politics that inspired the simultaneous improvement of an easy English type and an esoteric Latin type. via interpreting advancements in outdated English and Anglo-Latin aspect via part, The Politics of Language opens up a helpful new point of view at the Benedictine Reform and literacy within the past due Anglo-Saxon period.
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The Politics of Language: Byrhtferth, Aelfric, and the Multilingual Identity of the Benedictine Reform (Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series) by Rebecca Stephenson