Old English

Michael Lapidge

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Old English

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This chapter examines study in Britain of Old English during the twentieth century. It explains that the field of Old English, the nature of the language and the corpus of literature, was essentially discovered and defined during the course of the nineteenth century, principally by scholars in Germany and Scandinavia. It highlights the institutional support provided by the British Academy to Old English studies.

Keywords: Old English language; literature; scholars; Germany; Scandinavia; institutional support; British Academy

Chapter.  9274 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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