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Author Snook, Ben, author

Title The Anglo-Saxon Chancery : the history, language and production of Anglo-Saxon charters from Alfred to Edgar / Ben Snook
Published Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK : Boydell Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 234 pages)
Series Anglo-Saxon studies ; 28
Anglo-Saxon studies ; 28
Summary The principal aim of this book is to assess Anglo-Saxon charters from a "literary" point of view. In the ninth century, a new and highly complex Latin style started to appear in Anglo-Saxon charters: rather than writing traditional, straightforward legal language, the authors of these documents turned to their Anglo-Saxon literary heritage for inspiration, and began to fill their charters with complex and archaic vocabulary, extensive metaphors and lurid imagery. Dr Snook offers a thorough discussion of why and how this seemingly inappropriate style was adopted, throwing light on a range of broader issues, including the place of the documents in the wider intellectual history of tenth-century England, and their role in promoting the ideologies of different Anglo-Saxon kings. Benjamin Snook gained his doctorate from Cambridge University
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-218) and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 18, 2015)
Subject Charters -- Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066
Law, Anglo-Saxon.
Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1782044795 (electronic bk)
9781782044796 (electronic bk)