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The Cambridge Old English Reader
The fifty-six prose and verse texts in this major new reader of Old English, the language spoken by the Anglo-Saxons before the Norman Conquest, include established favorites such as The Battle of Maldon and King Alfred's Preface to his Pastoral Care. It also includes some less familiar works. Modern English word glosses and explanatory notes are on the same page of the te ...more
Paperback, 532 pages
Published April 26th 2004 by Cambridge University Press
(first published April 1st 2004)
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The format of this reader is very good for beginners, I think, as well as for those who don't care much about the language. The glosses of most words are right there on the side of the page, or else down below in footnotes when things get sticky, so even if your knowledge of Old English is small, you can get through some of the easier texts. I've been studying Old English for a couple years now, and I find myself getting pretty lazy while reading it, that I focus on the meaning more than the lan ...more
Quite a big selection of texts, well glossed and with informative introductions. The format, with the glosses on the same page, is helpful -- perhaps too helpful, as I relied on it quite a lot, and I won't have the glosses in the exam. Makes it pretty easy to get a feel for the language. Didn't really use the pages about grammar, mostly because I was taught that pretty well from different sources.