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Latin acrostic poetry in Anglo-Saxon England: Reassessing the Contribution of John the Old Saxon

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Other than charters, only a handful of Latin texts from Anglo-Saxon England can be conclusively dated to the ninth and early tenth centuries.1 Remarkably, of these, not one but two are sets of acrostic poetry in praise of West Saxon royalty: the first in honour of King Alfred and the second in honour of his grandson, Æthelstan. Modern understanding of these poems has been defined almost entirely by a seminal article by Michael Lapidge, who in 1980 argued that both are likely to be the work of...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
English Faculty
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Publisher:
Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature Publisher's website
Journal:
Medium Aevum Journal website
Volume:
86
Issue:
2
Pages:
249-274
Publication date:
2017-11-18
Acceptance date:
2017-03-14
ISSN:
0025-8385
Pubs id:
pubs:693416
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uri:4bb2def9-4f68-4d65-a317-963a73eb8b4d
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