Aelfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham by Christopher A. Jones

By Christopher A. Jones

Notwithstanding most sensible identified this present day for his outdated English homilies, the Anglo-Saxon student ?lfric additionally composed, in a "letter" to his fellow priests, a collection of Latin liturgical directions that supply a unprecedented glimpse of what usual clergymen have been anticipated to grasp and do. This publication encompasses a re-creation of the Latin textual content with a severe equipment, and the single whole English translation. remark and enormous introductory chapters identify the letter's extraordinary value for our figuring out of past due Anglo-Saxon monasticism and liturgy.

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For another possible hint about the availability of liturgical vestments, see commentary to LME 66 (at n. 306). See commentary to LME 8 (at n. 45). LME 29 (cf. RC 57) and 69 (cf. RC 102), with commentary (at nn. 133 and 315, respectively). Noted by Gatch, `Old English Literature and the Liturgy', p. 242, and RC (Kornexl), p. cliv, n.

309±11. LME 50 (Paschaltide) and 54 (summer), only the latter corresponding to RC 91. 66 Despite the occasional pooling of instructions to good effect,67 by its end the work resembles only a gathering of miscellaneous points. 70 Evaluating álfric's adaptations Many departures from the Concordia suggest differences of substance between the two texts, their respective audiences and the circumstances of their composition. Some of álfric's changes, like his aforementioned tendency to regroup instructions, accord with the aim of clarifying or expanding received material.

178), to álfric himself. Partial editions are included as `Anhang III: Teile aus Aelfrics Priesterauszug', in Hirtenbriefe, ed. Fehr, pp. 234±43. Clemoes rejected the attribution to álfric, pointing out that the LME and `commonplace book' excerpts draw on the same sources but often in different ways; see his `The Old English Benedictine Of®ce' and `Supplement to the Introduction', Hirtenbriefe, ed. Fehr, pp. cxlvi±cxlvii. For textual links between the DEC and Eynsham `letter', see commentary to LME 16 (at n.

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