By Albert C. Baugh, Kemp Malone
The paperback variation, in 4 volumes, of this common paintings will make it on hand to scholars. The scope of the paintings makes it beneficial as a piece of reference, connecting one interval with one other and putting every one writer truly within the environment of his time. Reviewing the 1st variation, the days Literary complement commented: ‘in inclusiveness and in judgment it has few opponents of its kind’. this primary quantity covers the center a long time (to 1500) in sections: The previous English interval (to 1100) through Kemp Malone (John Hopkins University), and the center English interval (1100-1500) by means of Albert C. Baugh (University of Pennsylvania).
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Ic gecende be ðam ðe ic cuðe; se ðe bet cunne, gecyðe his mare. Many things are required of a loyal overseer and dependable director of men. I have set forth [the subject] as best I could; Let him who knows [it] better make more of it known. Harmer, Select English Historical Documents of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries (Cambridge, 1914). The earlier collections of Thorpe, Kemble, and Birch are also still useful, though they must be used with caution. 14 See also Heusler, Altgerm. Dichtung, p. 66.
This thula gives us a list of 28 men (presumably heroes); as in the second thula, they are listed in terms of the personal experiences of the speaker. Such terms are to be taken as no more than a part of the mnemonic machinery. In general, thula composition seems to have had a highly practical purpose: that of making it easier to remember the names listed. It follows that the names in the lists were thought worth remembering, and in fact the mnemonic material given in the thulas is weighty matter.
Toward the end of the Old English period the insular hand lost favor, and the so-called Caroline minuscule script, already dominant on the Continent, became fashionable in England as well. ). Text in Krapp-Dobbie, VI. 116. The Roman Alphabet MSS 22 Authors THE OLD ENGLISH PERIOD clerics for any reason disliked or disapproved of did not get recorded, unless they happened to strike the fancy of some nonconformist scribe or anthologist who had the courage of his heterodoxy. Moreover, since little space was available, items thought of as trivial or as less important stood little chance of inclusion in a MS miscellany.