The Blickling Homilies date from the end of the tenth century and form one of the earliest extant collections of English vernacular homiletic writings. The homiletic texts survive in a composite codex consisting of Municipal Entries for the Council of Lincoln (14th - 17th century), a Calendar (mid 15th century), Gospel Oaths (early 14th century), and the eighteen homiletic texts that are based on the yearly liturgical cycle. The Blickling Homilies are an important literary milestone in the early evolution of the English prose.The manuscript, in the collection of William H. Scheide housed in Princeton University Library (MS. 71, s.x/xi), was published in facsimile by Rudolph Willard in 1960 as Volume 10 of Early English Manuscripts in Facsimile, Copenhagen. It is the only Anglo-Saxon MS still in private ownership, and together with The Blickling Psalter are the only two Anglo-Saxon MSS in the Americas.The only previous edition of The Blickling Homilies is by Richard Morris, published in three volumes in 1874, 1876, & 1880 (reprinted as one volume in 1967). This new edition makes a number of corrections where Morris's manuscript reading is in error. The English translations are modernized and made more accurate. The original text and facing-page translation have been formatted into paragraphs, which are hoped to further and aid comprehension. Finally, the text and translation are accompanied by a general introduction, textual notes on each homiletic text, tables and charts, and a select bibliography.
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Richard J. Kelly is a Professor and Head of Department at the School of Literature, Arts and Cultural Studies at Kinki University in Osaka, Japan. He specializes in the study of medieval literatures, in particular the Christian prose and poetry of the Anglo-Saxon period (mid 5th to early 12th century), and is an authority on the early English language. He is the author of a number of books as well as several academic papers in books and journals, ranging in content from medieval literature, culture, art and manuscripts to linguistics and textual transmission. His most significant works are Stone, Skin and Silver (1999), The Blickling Homilies (2003) and You're History! How People Make the Difference (2005).Review:
"..this collection nicely exemplifies the potential interest of Old English homilies for revealing and illuminating specificities of Anglo-Saxon society and culture that would otherwise be lost to the modern world."- Speculum, April 2005(Speculum)
"..this collection nicely exemplifies the potential interest of Old English homilies for revealing and illuminating specificities of Anglo-Saxon society and culture that would otherwise be lost to the modern world."- Speculum, April 2005(Sanford Lakoff)
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