By A. G. Rigg
A finished heritage of medieval Anglo-Latin writings (which symbolize an unbelievable 9 tenths of English literary tradition within the period). The previous century because the final significant paintings in this topic has noticeable the invention and modifying of many vital texts. A. G. Rigg's new authoritative reference paintings underlines how the view of England's literary heritage within the center a while as a decline from Anglo-Saxon tradition (recuperated in basic terms within the fourteenth century within the paintings of writers reminiscent of Chaucer) ignores the flourishing culture of Latin literature written among England's enforced access into the ecu mainstream and the increase of the vernacular and of humanism. It unearths a really wealthy corpus of writings, comprising epic, lyric, comedy, satire, prose anecdotes, romance, saints' lives and devotional texts. This chronological background offers quotations within the unique Latin with English translations in verse or prose; Anglo-Latin metres are defined and exemplified in an appendix.
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99) The entire language of the Northumbrians, particularly in York, is so strident and so unpolished that we southerners cannot understand it at all. He repeats his praise of Godfrey of Winchester, and mentions the hymn-writing of Thomas (I), archbishop of York. He quotes a poem on Faricius, Italian abbot of Abingdon, by the Malmesbury monk Peter Baldwin, and adds that Peter had written a life of Aldhelm. He also quotes his own rhythmical poem on Elgiva of Shaftesbury. In the De antiquitate Glastoniensis Ecclesiae William explored the early foundation of Glastonbury Abbey, and laid the foundations for three centuries of Glastonbury historiography, including much Arthurian lore.
We have already discussed his 32 OSBERT OF CLARE rewriting of the life of Edward the Confessor (whose body is in Westminster). 83 He also wrote a collection of the miracles of St Edmund, for the younger Anselm, abbot of Bury, and prose lives of Ethelbert and (for Pershore) Edburga. Like the younger Anselm and others we have mentioned, he was a strong supporter of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and in 1129 attended its celebration in London. He was therefore an enthusiastic devotee of St Anne, mother of the Virgin, and in 1136 at the request of Simon and Warin, bishop and dean of Worcester, he composed for the abbey of Pershore a set of six prayers to St Anne.
The disaster of the White Ship in 1120, which deprived Henry I of his heirs, elicited a poem quoted by Henry of Huntingdon. Otherwise there was little verse comment on the events of nearly seventy years. As we will see, it was the death of Henry I in 113 5 and the subsequent anarchy that stirred poets to action. We must remember that before 113 5 most of the writers represented the conquering aliens, and that for most of them events in England were of less interest than those in their old homes across the Channel.
A History of Anglo-Latin Literature, 1066-1422 by A. G. Rigg