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Author Lees, Clare A.

Title Tradition and belief : religious writing in late Anglo-Saxon England / Clare A. Lees
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1999


Description 1 online resource
Series Medieval cultures ; v. 19
Medieval cultures ; v. 19.
Contents Preface; Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: Culture and Belief; 1. Tradition, Literature, History; 2. Aesthetics and Belief: Ælfric's False Gods; 3. Conventions of Time in the Old English Homiletic Corpus; 4. Didacticism and the Christian Community: The Teachers and the Taught; 5. Chastity and Charity: Ælfric, Women, and the Female Saints; Conclusion; Notes; Works Cited; Index
Summary In this major study of Anglo-Saxon religious texts--sermons, homilies, and saints' lives written in Old English--Clare A. Lees reveals how the invention of preaching transformed the early medieval church, and thus the culture of medieval England. By placing Anglo-Saxon prose within a social matrix, her work offers a new way of seeing medieval literature through the lens of culture. By concentrating on the theoretically problematic areas of history, religious belief, and aesthetics--the book contributes to debates about the evolving meaning of culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-188) and index
Subject Christian literature, English (Old) -- History and criticism
English prose literature -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- History and criticism
Christianity and literature -- England -- History -- To 1500
Preaching -- England -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
Sermons, English (Old) -- History and criticism
Sermons, Medieval -- England -- History and criticism
Christian hagiography -- History -- To 1500
Belief and doubt in literature.
Anglo-Saxons -- Religion
HISTORY -- Medieval.
Anglo-Saxons -- Religion.
Belief and doubt in literature.
Christian hagiography.
Christian literature, English (Old)
Christianity and literature.
English prose literature -- Old English.
Preaching -- Middle Ages.
Sermons, English (Old)
Sermons, Medieval.
SUBJECT Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066.
Subject England.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780816688418