Anglo-Saxon

Beowulf and Lejre

By John D. Niles (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
2007 | 495 + xii pp. | 100 + 48 color ills. | Hardcover | 7 x 10 in | 978-0-86698-368-6 | MRTS 323
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Featuring contributions by Tom Christensen and Marijane Osborn
With a preface by John Hines and an afterword by Tom Shippey
Edited by John D. Niles and Marijane Osborn

On the basis of legendary analogues, specialists in the Old English poem Beowulf have long inferred that the action of the main part of that poem is situated at the village of Gammel Lejre on the island of Zealand, Denmark. Archaeological excavations undertaken from 1986 to 1988 under the direction of Tom Christensen of Roskilde Museum yielded spectacular confirmation of that inference by uncovering the remains of two great halls at Lejre dating from ca. AD 680 to 990, one built on the site of the other. At that time, this discovery had little impact upon Beowulf scholarship, in part because the chief monograph reporting on the excavations was available only in Danish. In 2004–05, however, a new round of excavations revealed that a still earlier hall had once stood elsewhere at Lejre. This hall has been dated to the mid-sixth century, very close to the time when the action of Beowulf is set. The question of the Danish origins of the Beowulf story is thus now highlighted.

The main purpose of this book is to bring these archaeological discoveries to the attention of a wider public, with analysis of their significance. The book consists of five parts:

    1. A translation into English of Tom Christensen's 1991 monograph Lejre—Syn og Sagn (Lejre—Fact and Fable), together with a new chapter by Christensen on the most recent excavations.
    2. A presentation of other important archaeological studies relating to Lejre, including reports on the Iron Age cremation mound named Grydehøj, which dates from ca. 630 to 660.
    3. Essays by John D. Niles and Marijane Osborn evaluating the significance of these finds from the perspective of Old English scholarship, with attention to the complex legendary history of Lejre.
    4. A presentation, in their original texts and in modern English translation, of the chief medieval Latin and Old Norse documents that mention Lejre as the seat of power of the early kings of Denmark.
    5. Some impressions of Lejre made by antiquarians, travelers, poets, and artists who have known that place during the modern period and have described or evoked it in various ways.

Translations of texts originally written in foreign languages are provided by Niels and Faith Ingwersen (Danish), Carole E. Newlands (Latin), William Sayers (German), and John D. Niles and Marijane Osborn (Old Norse and Danish). With 48 color plates and over 100 black and white figures.

Reviews

This is to my mind one of the most important and original contributions to understand the South Scandinavian Late Iron Age I have come upon. By combining archeological and written evidence the historical conclusions are convincing. A major contribution to Danish prehistory.

Professor Lotte Hedeager
Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
University of Oslo

Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile Interim Index (Volumes 1-10)

Edited by A. N. Doane and Matthew T. Hussey
2006 | 186 pp. | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 978-0-86698-354-9 | MRTS 309
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Manuscripts in France

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2012 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 978-0-86698-429-4 | MRTS 381

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  • 3. Angers, Bibliothèque Municipale 477 (olim 461) “Glossarium Andegavense”; Bede, “De rerum natura,” “De temporibus,” “De temporum ratione,” with Breton glosses; fragment of Justinian, “Institutiones” (flyleaf and pastedown)

  • 6. Arras, Bibliothèque Municipale, cod. 764 (739(A)) Hrabanus Maurus, “In Judith,” “In Hester”; Compilation of commentaries on Pauline epistles; Isidore, “Allegoriae sacrae Scripturae,” “Prooemia Veteris et Novi Testamenti,” “De ortu et obitu patrum”

  • 16. Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bibliothèque Municipale 32 (olim 37) Ambrose, “De apologia prophetae David,” “De Joseph patriarcha,” “De patriarchis,” “De paenitentia,” “De excessu fratris,” Epistolae 64-68

  • 17. Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bibliothèque Municipale 189 Glossed Prudentius: “Cathemerinon,” “Liber Apotheosis,” “Peristephanon,” “Contra Symmachum,” “Tituli Historiarum”

  • 113. Dijon, Bibliothèque Municipale 574 (olim 334) Bede, “Historia Ecclesiastica”

  • 128. Épinal, Bibliothèque Municipale 72 (olim 66: 7) Homilies; “Épinal Glossary”

  • 442. Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale A.27 (olim 368) Pontifical and Benedictional (“Pontificale Lanaletense”)

  • 443. Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale I.49 (olim 524) Isidore, “De ecclesiasticis officiis,” etc., OE Orosius (added extract), Bede, “De temporum ratione,” “Chronicon”

  • 444. Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale U.107 (olim 1385) Vitae Sanctorum, notably St. Swithun

  • 445. Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale Y.6 (274) Sacramentary (“Missal of Robert of Jumièges”)

  • 453. St-Omer, Bibliothèque d’Aglomération de St-Omer 150 Gregory, “Regula Pastoralis” and glossaries; Isidore, “Synonyma”; Augustine, “De utilitate credendi,” etc.; “Tractatus Origenis”

  • 465. Sélestat, Bibliothèque Municipale 7 (olim 100) Paulus Diaconus, extracts; epitomized historical works; Isidore, “Etymologiae,” extracts, etc.; Virgil, Isidore and other Glossaries; “Etymologiae” fragment

Books of Prayers and Healing

Descriptions by A. N. Doane
1994 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 978-0-86698-141-5 | MRTS 136

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  • 177. London, British Library Cotton Caligula A. vii: "Heliand Manuscript" [p.1]

  • 197. London, British Library Cotton Galba A. xiv: Private devotional miscellany [p. 5]

  • 203. London, British Library Cotton Nero A. ii: Three combined MSS: an 11c English prayerbook, an 8-9c northern Italian prayerbook, a 12c English collection of St. Cuthbert material [p. 15]

  • 253. London, British Library Cotton Vitellius C. iii: Macer glosses; Pseudo-Apuleius "Herbarium," Macrobius, etc. [p. 20]

  • 265. London, British Library Harley 585: Pseudo-Apuleius "Herbarium," "Lacnunga" [p. 26]

  • 271. London, British Library Harley 2965: "Book of Nunnaminster," private prayerbook [p. 37]

  • 278. London, British Library Harley 6258B: "Herbarium Pseudo-Apulei," "Medicina de quadrupedibus," "Peri didaxeon," etc. [p. 44]

  • 279. London, British Library Harley 7653: Private prayerbook [p. 49]

  • 283. London, British Library Royal 2 A. xx: Private prayerbook [p. 52]

  • 298. London, British Library Royal 12 D. xvii: "Bald's Leechbook" [p. 60]

Psalters I

Descriptions by Phillip Pulsiano
1994 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 978-0-86698-146-0 | MRTS 137

Volume 2
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  • 166. London, British Library Additional 37517: "Bosworth Psalter," "Canterbury Hymnal" [ p. 1]

  • 174. London, British Library Arundel 60: "Arundel Psalter" [p. 13]

  • 175. London, British Library Arundel 155: Psalter, canticles, prayers, hymns [p. 19]

  • 233. London, British Library Cotton Tiberius C. vi: "Tiberius Psalter" [p. 38]

  • 238. London, British Library Cotton Vespasian A. i: "Vespasian Psalter" [p. 43]

  • 258. London, British Library Cotton Vitellius E. xviii: "Vitellius Psalter" [p. 50]

  • 284. London, British Library Royal 2 B. v: "Regius Psalter" [p. 57]

  • 306. London, British Library Stowe 2: "Stowe Psalter" or "Spelman Psalter" [p. 65]

Anglo-Saxon Gospels

Descriptions by A. N. Doane
1995 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 978-0-86698-183-5 | MRTS 144

Volume 3
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  • 206. London, British Library Cotton Nero D. iv: "Codex Lindisfarnensis," "The Lindisfarne Gospels" [p. 1]

  • 218. London, British Library Cotton Otho C. i, Vol. 1: "West-Saxon Gospels" [p. 12]

  • 280. London, British Library Royal 1 A. xiv: "West-Saxon Gospels" [p. 16]

  • 338. Oxford, Bodleian Library Auctarium D. 2. 19 (3946): "The Mac Regol Gospels," "The Rushworth Gospels" [p. 20]

  • 361. Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 441 (2382): "West-Saxon Gospels" [p. 26]

  • 374. Oxford, Bodleian Eng. Bib. C. 2 (31345): "Lakelands Fragment" of the "West-Saxon Gospels" [p. 30]

  • 378. Oxford, Bodleian Hatton 38 (4090): "West-Saxon Gospels" [p. 32]

Glossed Texts, Aldhelmiana, Psalms

Descriptions by Phillip Pulsiano
1996 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 978-0-86698-201-6 | MRTS 169

Volume 4
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  • 199. London, British Library Cotton Julius A. vi: "Computistica," "Expositio hymnorum," canticles [p. 1]

  • 243. London, British Library Cotton Vespasian D. vi: "De virtutibus," Hymn, Psalm 50, Disticha Catonis, etc. [p. 14]

  • 244. London, British Library Cotton Vespasian D. xii: Hymnal, "Expositio hymnorum," canticles [p. 19]

  • 266. London, British Library Harley 863: Leofric psalter [p. 37]

  • 272. London, British Library Harley 3013: Aldhelm, "De laude virginitatis" [p. 44]

  • 285. London, British Library Royal 4 A. xiv: Missal, Pseudo-Hieronymus "In psalmos," Felix "Vita Guthlaci" [p. 47]

  • 286. London, British Library Royal 5 E. xi: Aldhelm, "De laude virginitatis" [p. 51]

  • 287. London, British Library Royal 5 F. iii: Aldhelm, "De laude virginitatis" [p. 55]

  • 296. London, British Library Royal 10 C. v: Petrus Cantor: Biblical Commentaries [p. 58]

Latin Manuscripts with Anglo-Saxon Glosses

Descriptions by A. N. Doane
1997 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 978-0-86698-217-7 | MRTS 175

Volume 5
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  • 109. Canterbury, Cathedral Library Additional 20: "Bilingual Rule of Chrodegang" [p. 1]

  • 110. Canterbury, Cathedral Library Additional 25: Wærferth's translation of Gregory the Great, "Dialogues" (fragment) [p. 3]

  • 111. Canterbury, Cathedral Library Additional 32: Gregory the Great, "Dialogues" (fragment) [p. 6]

  • 115. Dublin, Trinity College 114 (A. 5. 2): Clement of Llanthony, "Concordia quatuor evangelistarum" [p. 8]

  • 116. Dublin, Trinity College 174 (B. 4. 3): Lives of Saints [p. 11]

  • 117. Dublin, Trinity College 492 (E. 2. 23): "Bede's Death Song" [p. 24]

  • 125. Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.7: Sedulius, "Carmen Paschale" [p. 28]

  • 187. London, British Library Cotton Domitian i: Part 1: Isidore, Abbo, Priscian, Bede; Part 2: Geraldus Cambrensis, "Annales Cambriae" [p. 35]

  • 191. London, British Library Cotton Faustina A. v: "Bede's Death Song" [p. 42]

  • 290. London, British Library Royal 7 C. iv: Defensor, "Liber Scintillarum" with continuous OE gloss [p. 48]

Worcester MSS

Descriptions by Christine Franzen
1997 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 978-0-86698-228-3 | MRTS 186

Volume 6
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  • 219. London, British Library Cotton Otho C. i, Vol. 2: Gregory (Wærferth), "Dialogues," "Vitae Patrum" [p.1]

  • 351. Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 130 (27609): Pseudo-Apuleius "Herbarium," Pseudo-Dioscorides, Placitus, etc. [p. 6]

  • 377. Oxford, Bodleian Hatton 20 (4113): Alfred: "Pastoral Care" [p. 10]

  • 381. Oxford, Bodleian Hatton 48 (3684/4118[?]): "Regula S. Benedicti" [p. 15]

  • 382. Oxford, Bodleian Hatton 76 (4125): Gregory's (Wærferth's) "Dialogues;" "Admonitio of St. Basil;" "Herbarium;" "Medicina de quadrupedibus" [p. 19]

  • 384a. Oxford, Bodleian Hatton 113 (5210): "St. Wulstan's Homiliary," Part 1 [p. 26]

  • 384b. Oxford, Bodleian Hatton 114 (5134): "St. Wulstan's Homiliary," Part 2 [p. 35]

  • 385. Oxford, Bodleian Hatton 115 (5135): Homilies [p. 45]

  • 391. Oxford, Bodleian Junius 121 (5232): Ecclesiastical Institutes, Homilies [p. 56]

  • 398. Oxford, Bodleian Laud misc. 482 (1054): Penitential and Confessional texts; offices for the sick and dying [p. 69]

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Anglo-Saxon Bibles and "The Book of Cerne"

Descriptions by A. N. Doane
2002 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 978-0-86698-229-0 | MRTS 187

Volume 7
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  • 63. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 557: Fragments of "Legend of the Holy Cross before Christ" [p. 1]

  • 107. Cambridge, University Library Ll. 1. 10: "Book of Cerne," "Prayer Book of Aedeluald" [p. 4]

  • 153. Lawrence, Kansas, Kenneth Spencer Research Library Pryce MS C2:1: Fragment of "Legend of the Holy Cross before Christ" [p. 28]

  • 154. Lawrence, Kansas, Kenneth Spencer Research Library Pryce MS C2:2: Fragment of Ælfric's "Sermo in natale unius confessoris" [p. 31]

  • 155. Lawrence, Kansas, Kenneth Spencer Research Library Pryce MS P2A:1: Fragment of an Alphabetical Glossary [p. 34]

  • 182. London, British Library Cotton Claudius B. iv: Illustrated Old English Hexateuch [p. 37]

  • 248. London, British Library Cotton Vespasian D. xxi: 1. Nennius; 2. OE Prose Guthlac; 3. Sedulius [p. 44]

  • 274. London, British Library Harley 3376: "The Harley Glossary" [p. 49]

  • 281. London, British Library Royal 1 B. vii: Early Northumbrian Gospel Book [p. 54]

  • 282. London, British Library Royal 1 D. ix: Deluxe Illuminated Gospel Book [p. 58]

  • 339. Oxford, Bodleian Library Auctarium D. 2. 14 (2698): "Gospels of St. Augustine," "Codex Oxoniensis (O)" [p. 62]

  • 342. Oxford, Bodleian Library Auctarium D. 5. 3 (27688): Breton Pocket Gospels with OE Glosses [p. 67]

  • 392. Oxford, Bodleian Library Lat. Misc. a. 3, f. 49: Fragment of an Alphabetical Glossary [p. 70]

  • 399. Oxford, Bodleian Laud misc. 509 (1042): "OE Heptateuch" [p. 72]

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