Peter S. Baker Introduction to Old English

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Introduction to Old English

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This innovative introduction to the Old English language focuses on what students need to know in order to engage with Old English literary and historical texts.

  • A pioneering introduction to Old English designed for a new generation of students.
  • Assumes no expertise in other languages or in traditional grammar.
  • Opening chapters and 'Quick Start' sections cover the basics.
  • 'Minitexts' give students practice in reading Old English.
  • Includes two chapters on syntax and three on reading poetry.
  • Anthologises fourteen readings, including 'The Wanderer', 'The Dream of the Rood' and 'Judith'.
  • The accompanying 'Old English Aerobics' website features additional readings and exercises.

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This innovative introduction to the Old English language focuses on what students need to know in order to engage with Old English literary and historical texts. Designed for a new generation, the book assumes no expertise in traditional grammar or in other languages. An opening chapter reviews basic grammar for those who need to be brought up to speed. 'Quick Start' sections begin the major chapters, allowing students to learn the basics of Old English quickly. 'Minitexts' accompanying most chapters give students practice in reading the language, while a detailed introduction to poetic meter and style helps them to read poetry. The book as a whole contains more than 200 illustrative quotations, fourteen Old English readings including 'The Wanderer', 'The Dream of the Rood' and 'Judith', and a comprehensive glossary. Supplementary readings and exercises are available at the 'Old English Aerobics' website - http://www.engl.virginia.edu/OE/OEA/ - which complements the text.

About the Author:

Peter S. Baker is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His previous publications include Byrhtferth’s Enchiridion (co-edited with Michael Lapidge, 1995), Beowulf: Basic Readings (1995), The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: A Collaborative Edition (F) and the website www.engl.virginia.edu/OE/

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