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The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium)

The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium)

Edited with a translation by KAZUTOMO KARASAWA
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition: NED - New edition
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 245
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    The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium)
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    The late tenth-century Old English Metrical Calendar (traditionally known as Menologium) summarises, in the characteristic heroic diction and traditional metre of Old English poetry, the major course of the Anglo-Saxon liturgical year. It sets out, in a methodical structure based on the basic temporal framework of the solar/natural year, the locations of the major feasts widely observed in late Anglo-Saxon England. Such a work could have been a practical timepiece for reading the dates of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, for which it serves as a kind of prologue in the manuscript. The clearly domestic perspective of the poem, which fits in the manuscript context, is also noteworthy, while the poem also reveals various interesting characteristics in its grammar, vocabulary and prosody. This is the first full modern edition of the poem, and is accompanied by a facing translation. The introduction provides an extensive discussion of matter, content, style, and context, while the commentary offers further information. The volume also includes the texts and translations of a number of analogous works. Kazutomo Karasawa is Professor of English philology at Komazawa University, Tokyo.

    eISBN: 978-1-78204-491-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. List of Figures
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Preface
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. Acknowledgements
    (pp. xiii-xiii)
  6. Abbreviations
    (pp. xiv-xvi)
  7. Introduction
    (pp. 1-72)

    Ever since Hickes, the poem has generally been called theMenologium, although many modern scholars have regarded this as inappropriate. Dobbie, for instance, regards it as ‘not quite appropriate’,¹ Hart ‘not wholly appropriate’² and Henel ‘nicht recht passend’.³ Baker also says that the poem is ‘mistakenly known as the “Menologium”’,⁴ Lapidge writes that it ‘normally passes under the utterly inappropriate title “Menologium”’⁵ and Fulk and Cain refer to it as the ‘misnamedMenologium’.⁶ Some have even avoided using it, adopting some other title such as ‘Old English Metrical Calendar’.⁷ The main problem with the title is that it is originally...

  8. The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium): Text and Translation
    (pp. 73-130)

    Italics mark any word which is emended. Editorial additions are marked by [ ]. Abbreviations are expanded without notice. The Tironian sign is expanded asand, since it is used more often (five times) thanond(used twice). Roman numerals in the manuscript are retained. The sectioning is scribal, while the overall layout, word division and punctuation follow modern convention. Capitalisation also follows modern convention except for those at the beginning of the poem, where I have retained scribal capitalisation. On the left hand side of the page, line numbers are inserted, while folio numbers are given on the right...

  9. Appendix 1 The Prose Menologium
    (pp. 131-137)
  10. Appendix 2 Metrical Calendar of York
    (pp. 138-153)
  11. Appendix 3 Félire Adamnáin
    (pp. 154-155)
  12. Appendix 4 Enlaith betha
    (pp. 156-160)
  13. Appendix 5 List of Anglo-Saxon Calendars
    (pp. 161-163)
  14. Appendix 6 Immovable Feasts Marked in Anglo-Saxon Calendars
    (pp. 164-179)
  15. Appendix 7 Vigils in Anglo-Saxon Calendars
    (pp. 180-180)
  16. Appendix 8 Dates of the Solar Turning Points in Anglo-Saxon Calendars
    (pp. 181-181)
  17. Appendix 9 Latin and Old English Month-Names in the Old English Written Tradition and in the Verse Menologium
    (pp. 182-200)
  18. Glossary
    (pp. 201-212)
  19. Bibliography
    (pp. 213-224)
  20. Index
    (pp. 225-228)
  21. Back Matter
    (pp. 229-230)