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abecedarium

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Elementary teaching in Antiquity and the Middle Ages consisted in learning firstly to read the letters of the alphabet. Exceptionally when a child learned to read alone from a text ...

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Ælfric

Joyce Hill.

in Medieval Studies

P ublished online August 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); Literary Studies (Early and Medieval); Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400); Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology. 13617 words.

The homilist Ælfric (c. 950–1010), monk, masspriest, and abbot of Eynsham, is the most significant vernacular prose writer from Anglo-Saxon England by virtue of the quantity and quality of...

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Aelred of Rievaulx

Marsha L. Dutton.

in Medieval Studies

P ublished online April 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); Literary Studies (Early and Medieval); Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400); Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology. 12970 words.

The most prominent of the Cistercian abbots of 12th-century England, Aelred of Rievaulx (b. 1110–d. 1167), also spelled Ailred or Æthelred, was a popular preacher and a prolific writer,...

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Albrecht

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literature.

Author of Der Jüngere Titurel, a late-13th-century MHG Grail romance, based on works by Wolfram von Eschenbach, but expanding Wolfram’s treatment to give events a moral and soteriological...

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Albrecht von Halberstadt

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Author of a German adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (1190/1210). The adaptation, unique in its time for being based directly on a classical literary text, stays relatively close to its...

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Aldhelm of Malmesbury

Rosalind C. Love.

in Medieval Studies

P ublished online December 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); Literary Studies (Early and Medieval); Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400); Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology. 6475 words.

Aldhelm, abbot of Malmesbury (Wiltshire) and then bishop of Sherborne from about 705, was described by Bede, in his Ecclesiastical History (written some twenty-five years after Aldhelm’s...

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Alemanni

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literature.

(᾽Αλαμανοί), the Latin term for an amalgamation of a number of smaller Germanic tribes, including a segment of the Suevi. After some conflicts with the Roman Empire in the 3rd ...

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Alexander Nequam

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literature.

(d. 1217).

A student of theology, medicine, and law at the University of Paris, he became an Augustinian canon at Cirencester (1197–1217). His De naturis rerum, a summation of...

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Alexander Romances

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Generic term for the large group of enormously popular narrative poems, mainly in French and with a rich iconographic tradition, devoted to the life of Alexander the Great. Deriving...

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Alfred the Great

Paul E. Szarmach.

in Medieval Studies

P ublished online December 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); Literary Studies (Early and Medieval); Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400); Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology. 8879 words.

The only English monarch to earn the epithet “Great” and who was esteemed highly by the later Victorians who considered him something of a philosopher-king, Alfred (b. 849–d. 899;...

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