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Author Snook, Ben, author.

Title The Anglo-Saxon Chancery : the history, language and production of Anglo-Saxon charters from Alfred to Edgar / Ben Snook.

Published Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK : Boydell Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xvi, 234 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Series Anglo-Saxon studies ; 28.
Anglo-Saxon studies ; 28.
Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-218) and indexes.
Summary The principal aim of this book is to assess Anglo-Saxon charters from a "literary" point of view. In the ninth century, a new and highly complex Latin style started to appear in Anglo-Saxon charters: rather than writing traditional, straightforward legal language, the authors of these documents turned to their Anglo-Saxon literary heritage for inspiration, and began to fill their charters with complex and archaic vocabulary, extensive metaphors and lurid imagery. Dr Snook offers a thorough discussion of why and how this seemingly inappropriate style was adopted, throwing light on a range of broader issues, including the place of the documents in the wider intellectual history of tenth-century England, and their role in promoting the ideologies of different Anglo-Saxon kings. Benjamin Snook gained his doctorate from Cambridge University.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Charters -- Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066.
Law, Anglo-Saxon.
Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781782044796