Living Through Conquest: The Politics of Early English, by Elaine Treharne

By Elaine Treharne

Oxford Textual views is a brand new sequence of informative and provocative reviews targeted upon literary texts (conceived of within the broadest feel of that time period) and the applied sciences, cultures and groups that produce, tell, and obtain them. It offers clean interpretations of primary works and of the very important and hard concerns rising in English literary experiences. by way of attractive with the materiality of the literary textual content, its construction, and reception heritage, and regularly checking out and exploring the bounds of the suggestion of textual content itself, the volumes within the sequence query prevalent frameworks and supply leading edge interpretations of either canonical and no more famous works.

Living via Conquest is the 1st ever research of the political clout of English from the reign of Cnut to the earliest a long time of the 13th century. It specializes in why and the way the English language was once utilized by kings and their courts and through prime churchmen and monastic associations at key moments from 1020 to 1220. English turned the language of number of a usurper king; the language of collective endeavour for preachers and prelates; and the language of resistance and negotiation within the post-Conquest interval. Analysing texts that aren't well known, reminiscent of Cnut's Letters to the English of 1020 and 1027, Worcester's Confraternity contract, and the Eadwine Psalter, along canonical writers like AElfric and Wulfstan, Elaine Treharne demonstrates the ideological value of the local vernacular and its social and cultural relevance along Latin, and later, French.

While many students thus far have obvious the interval from 1060 to 1220 as a literary lacuna so far as English is worried, this publication demonstrates unequivocally that the loads of vernacular works surviving from this era attest to a full of life and wealthy textual culture. Living via Conquest addresses the political matters of English writers and their developed audiences, and investigates the schedule of manuscript manufacturers, from these whose books have been a great deal within the vein of prior English codices to these innovators who hired English accurately to illustrate its contemporaneity in a mess of contexts and for various assorted audiences.

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J. Robertson edits and translates the text in The Laws of the Kings of England from Edmund to Henry I (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1925), pp. 140–5. 18 | the process of conquest Cnut’s Letter to the English (1020) Cnut cyning gret his arcebiscopas and his leodbiscopas, and Þurcyl eorl and ealle his eorlas, and ealne his þeodscype, twelfhynde and twyhynde, gehadode and læwede, on Englalande, freondlice. And Ic cyðe eow þæt Ic wylle beon hold hlaford26 and unswicende to Godes gerihtum and to rihtre woroldlage.

1090, d. oxforddnb. com/view/article/29461] 5 R. R. Darlington and P. ), Jennifer Bray and P. ), The Chronicle of John of Worcester, vol. ii: The Annals from 450 to 1066, Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford, 1995), ii. a. 1031. At p. 513, Annal 1031: ‘[Cnut] also swore to God before the sepulchre of the apostles to amend his life and ways, and from there he sent to England an epistle [epistolam memorie dignam] worth remembering delivered by the hand of that most prudent man Lyfing, then abbot of Tavistock but soon after, in the same year, successor to the episcopacy at Crediton of Eadnoth .

111–39. 23 Bagge, ‘Warrior, King and Saint’, esp. pp. 316–21. 24 Bagge, ‘Warrior, King and Saint’, discusses this very aspect of Olaf ’s life and legend. 25 The Chronicle of John of Worcester, i. 516: prout mente decreueram, prospere perfeci, uotisque meis ad uellis satisfeci. 26 See, among others, Andy Orchard, A Critical Companion to Beowulf (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2003), p. 146 fn. 75 and references therein. 38 | the propaganda of conquest pilgrim, conscious of sins past and the need for future salvation, and concurrently a brag-sheet of well-made friends and new networks, political battles won and crowning ceremonies attended.

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