Old English Literature and the Old Testament

Old English Literature and the Old Testament. Edited by Michael Fox and Manish Sharma (Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series 10), University of Toronto Press, 2012.

“It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of the Bible in the medieval world. For the Anglo-Saxons, literary culture emerged from sustained and intensive biblical study. Further, at least to judge from the Old English texts which survive, the Old Testament was the primary influence, both in terms of content and modes of interpretation. Though the Old Testament was only partially translated into Old English, recent studies have shown how completely interconnected Anglo-Latin and Old English literary traditions are.
Old English Literature and the Old Testament considers the importance of the Old Testament from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, from comparative to intertextual and historical. Though the essays focus on individual works, authors, or trends, including the Interrogationes SigewulfiGenesis A, and Daniel, each ultimately speaks to the vernacular corpus as a whole, suggesting approaches and methodologies for further study.”

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New Book by CMS Alumnus Winston Black

Winston Black’s edition and translation of Henry of Huntingdon’s Anglicanus Hortus has just come out with the press of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Written entirely in Latin verse, the recently discovered Anglicanus ortus describes the medicinal uses of 160 different herbs, spices, and vegetables. Black’s translation includes a commentary on every poem as well as an extensive introduction. A reviewer recently remarked on this publication: “Through this publication and Winston Black’s outstanding scholarship, the eight-book poem on plants and minerals enables us to lift Henry of Huntingdon to the highest level of English medieval authors and us to elevate Winston Black among the foremost young medievalists.”
The book is available through the PIMS Press and through other booksellers, for instance, Amazon.


Medieval Book History Week

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, the Centre for Medieval Studies, and the program in Book History and Print Culture at the University of Toronto announce a cluster of lectures exploring the textual cultures of medieval Britain that will take place in November 2012.

Thursday, November 8th
Seth Lerer (University of California at San Diego)
“The Tongue: Chaucer, Lydgate, and the Early Modern Lyric”
4:15 pm, The Great Hall of the Centre for Medieval Studies
Reception to Follow

Friday, November 9th
Friends of the PIMS Library Lecture
Rachel Koopmans (York University)
“Fakes and Forgeries in the Stained Glass of Canterbury Cathedral”
4:15 pm, Alumni Hall 100, St Michael’s College
Reception to Follow

Monday, November 12th
Jeremy Catto (University of Oxford)
“Practical Latin and Formal English in the 14th-15th Centuries”
4:15 pm, The Common Room of Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Reception to Follow