Old and Middle English c.890-c.1400: An Anthology (Blackwell Anthologies)

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Spanning almost seven centuries, this anthology encapsulates the foundation and consolidation of literature written in English, culminating in some of the finest works produced in English in the high Middle Ages.


  • New edition of this widely-used anthology of Old and Middle English literature.
  • Spans almost seven centuries, from the earliest writings in English to the time of Chaucer.
  • Encapsulates the foundation and consolidation of literature written in English, culminating in some of the finest works produced in the high Middle Ages.
  • Now extended to include newly-edited versions of key late medieval texts, namely ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’, extracts from ‘Piers Plowman’, and selections from Chaucer.
  • Texts are arranged by date of manuscript.
  • Full translations are offered for the Old and earlier Middle English material, along with marginal glosses for the later texts.
  • A general introduction gives an outline of key works and the historical context in which they were written.

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Spanning almost seven centuries, this anthology of literary texts ranges from the earliest writings in English up to the time of Chaucer. It encapsulates the foundation and consolidation of literature written in English, culminating in some of the finest works produced in the high Middle Ages. For the second edition, the anthology has been extended to include newly edited versions of key late medieval texts, particularly 'sir Gawain and the Green Knight', substantial extracts from 'Piers Plowman', and selections from the works of Chaucer.The texts are arranged by date of manuscript, foregrounding issues of dating, textual transmission, authorship and audience. Full translations are offered for all the Old and earlier Middle English material, along with marginal glosses for the later texts, making them accessible to those who are not language specialists. A general introduction gives an outline of the key works and the historical context in which they were written..

About the Author:

Elaine Treharne is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Leicester. She is the co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Anglo-Saxon Literature (2001) and of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts and their Heritage (1998), and the author of The Old English Life of St Nicholas with the Old English Life of St Giles (1997). She is also a past editor of the annual Year’s Work in English Studies.

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