New Readings in the Vercelli Book

Edited by Samantha Zacher and Andy Orchard

© 2009

The late tenth-century Vercelli Book (Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare CXVII) contains one of the earliest surviving collections of homilies and poetry in the English language. The manuscript's combination of poetry and homiletic prose has generated intense scholarly debate, and there is no consensus concerning the original purpose of the compiler.

New Readings in the Vercelli Book addresses central questions concerning the manuscript's intended use, mode of compilation, and purpose, and offers a variety of approaches on such topics as orthography, style, genre, theme, and source-study. The contributors include some of the foremost Vercelli experts, as well as the two most recent editors of the homilies. The remarkable essays in this volume offer the first sustained literary analysis of both the poetry and prose texts of the Vercelli Book, providing important new perspectives on a dynamic and valuable historical document.

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  • Series: Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series
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  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.3in x 9.3in
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New Readings in the Vercelli Book addresses central questions concerning the manuscript's intended use, mode of compilation, and purpose, and offers a variety of approaches on such topics as orthography, style, genre, theme, and source-study.

New Readings in the Vercelli Book

Edited by Samantha Zacher and Andy Orchard

© 2009

The late tenth-century Vercelli Book (Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare CXVII) contains one of the earliest surviving collections of homilies and poetry in the English language. The manuscript's combination of poetry and homiletic prose has generated intense scholarly debate, and there is no consensus concerning the original purpose of the compiler.

New Readings in the Vercelli Book addresses central questions concerning the manuscript's intended use, mode of compilation, and purpose, and offers a variety of approaches on such topics as orthography, style, genre, theme, and source-study. The contributors include some of the foremost Vercelli experts, as well as the two most recent editors of the homilies. The remarkable essays in this volume offer the first sustained literary analysis of both the poetry and prose texts of the Vercelli Book, providing important new perspectives on a dynamic and valuable historical document.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.3in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘This collection as a whole does a fair job of reflecting the nature of current Anglo-Saxon studies, particularly homilies… At its best, such work can deliver new insights into an unfamiliar aesthetics and into the nature of Anglo-Saxon society.’
    Jonathan Wilcox
    Journal of English and Germanic Philology January 2012

    ‘It is no less than a mandatory reading for serious scholars studying any aspect of the manuscript, whilst also seeming likely to serve as a great source of inspiration to those engaged with Anglo-Saxon prose and poetry of all kinds for some time to come.’
    Michael Bintley
    English Studies, vol 93:02:2012
  • Author Information

    Samantha Zacher is a professor of English and medieval studies at Cornell University.



    Andy Orchard is the Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

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