The Anglo-Saxon World

An Anthology

Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192835475

Category: History

Page: 308

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Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, and The Seafarer are among the greatest surviving Anglo-Saxon poems. They, and many other treasures, are included in The Anglo-Saxon World: chronicles, laws and letters, charters and charms, and above all superb poems. Here is a word picture of a people who came to these islands as pagans and yet within two hundred years had become Christians, to such effect that England was the centre of missionary endeavour and, fora time, the heart of European civilization. Kevin Crossley-Holland places poems and prose in context with his skilful interpretation of the Anglo-Saxon world; his translations have been widely acclaimed, and of Beowulf the poet Charles Causley has written, 'the poem has at last found its translator'.
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Four Restoration Marriage Plays

Author: Ronald Clayton,Thomas Otway,Michael Cordner,Nathaniel Lee,John Dryden,Thomas Southerne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780192834478

Category: Domestic drama, English

Page: 439

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Marriage and its discontents lie at the heart of Restoration comedy. In all four of the great plays gathered here for the first time, a married woman confronts her would-be seducer. Each dramatist, however, totally reinterprets that situation. Thomas Otway's The Soldier's Fortune converts adultery into political revenge. Nathaniel Lee's The Princess of Cleves offers a potent and perplexing portrait of a libertine in action at the sixteenth century French court. John Dryden's Amphitryon, set in ancient Thebes, retells the story in which Jupiter lures the virtuous Alcmena into cuckolding her husband by a stratagem which throws into doubt the nature of human identity. Thomas Southerne's The Wives' Excuse reinvents, for the new circumstances of the 1690s, the familiar Restoration plot of a wife spurred towards infidelity by her partner's failings. Rich, diverse, and inventive, these plays demonstrate the intensity and vigour with which the institution of marriage was interrogated in the post-1660 playhouses. The texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation.
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Henry IV

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192831439

Category: Drama

Page: 287

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Rene Weis reveals Shakepeare's use of multiple sources to be eclectic in the extreme in this radical reconsideration of the play's date and text. He also argues for the first time that Falstaff was called Oldcastle in Part 2 as well as in Part I. The play's striving towards a form of order,peace, and legitimacy is explored in relation to Part I and through rigorous attention to structure and language. A full account of the play's history in performance and on film yields a fascinating reflection of its relationship to national triumph and crisis, as well as the diverse idealogicalinterpretations it has inspired.
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The Tragedy of Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192834171

Category: Drama

Page: 249

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Notes on the background and sources of the tragedy accompany the text of the drama.
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Daily Life in Anglo-Saxon England

Author: Sally Elizabeth Ellen Crawford

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781846450136

Category: History

Page: 245

View: 2008

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An introduction to the daily life of men, women and children living in England from the end of Roman Britain in the 5th century AD to the Norman Conquest, based on documentary and archaeological evidence.
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Beowulf

Author: Sarah M. Anderson,Alan Sullivan,Timothy Murphy

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321107206

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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A new translation of Beowulf, by Alan Sullivan and Timothy Murphy, is enhanced by Sarah Anderson with commentary and notes that explain unfamiliar terms, assist with literary allusions, and clarify a wealth of cultural and historical references. Near at hand is a chart of family genealogies, a glossary of proper names, and maps of Anglo-Saxon England and Denmark.
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Restoration Literature

An Anthology

Author: Paul Hammond

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 480

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This anthology brings together a variety of literature from the period 1660 to 1700, illustrating politics and nation, theatre, town and country, love and friendship, and religion and philosophy. It includes Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel and Mac Flecknoe in their entirety and a substantial group of lyrics by Rochester, as well as work by diarists, satirists, dramatists, poets and autobiographers.
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