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Tradition And Belief: Religious Writing in Late Anglo-Saxon England (Medieval Cultures #19)

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In this major study of Angle-Saxon religious tests 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 in placing Anglo-Saxon prose within a social matrix, her work offers a new way of seeing medieval literature through the lens of ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published November 1st 1999)
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As I read this book, I realized how much it felt like a precursor to much of the type of work I pursue on religious Old English literature. In many ways, in fact, the idea that stuck with me was Lees's formulation that the book may be seen as "Serving as a prolegomenon to the more detailed analysis of preaching as a traditional genre"--exactly what I see myself doing in my research. In this, the book is a great success.

Much of the thrust of this monograph is to break down the critical distaste a
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Clare Lees (MA, PhD) is professor of Medieval Literature and History of the Language at the Department of English, King's College (London, UK).
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