Aelfric (c.955-1020)

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AELFRIC is the name of two prominent prelates in the Anglo - Saxon Church, - one, Archbishop of Canterbury, 996-1006; time other, Archbishop ct York, 1023-1031, - but whether the learned Benedictine AElfric (grammaticus) is identical with one of these archbishops, or not, is a question as yet unsolved. As Alfred was the founder, so AElfric was the model, of the Saxon prose. He wrote a Saxon grammar and glossary; and he translated into Saxon a number of homilies, the Heptateuch, etc. But of his personal life nothing is known but a few notices scattered about in his works. In his honor the Aelfric Society was formed in London. in 1842, for the purpose of publishing his works and those of other Saxons. For this society Benjamin Thorpe edited the homilies in 1844. The grammar and glossary were printed at Oxford in 1639 and 1698.

Philip Schaff, ed., A Religious Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology, 3rd edn. Toronto, New York & London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1894.


Book or monograph L.M. Reinsma, Ælfric: An Annotated Bibliography. London & New York, 1987.

Primary Sources

On-line Resource The homilies of the Anglo-Saxon church [microform]: the first part containing the Sermones catholici, or Homilies of AElfric in the original Anglo-Saxon (1844)View in PDF format pdf [This material is in the Public Domain]
On-line Resource Ælfric's homilies on the Old Testament books of Judith, Esther, and the Maccabees.
Book or monograph Norman Eliason, ed. Aelfric's First Series of Catholic Homilies. Early English Manuscripts in Facsimile. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1966. Pbk. ISBN: 0801804442.
Book or monograph G.N. Garmonsway, ed. Colloquy, rev. ed. University of Exeter Press, 1991. Pbk. ISBN: 0859890988. pp.66.
Book or monograph Aelfric's Catholic HomiliesM. Godden, ed. Aelfric's Catholic Homilies: Introduction, Commentary, and Glossary. Early English Text Society Supplementary Series, No 18. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Hbk. ISBN: 0197224199. pp.186.
Book or monograph Heinrich Henel, ed. De Temporibus Anni. Early English Text Society, original series 213. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1942. pp. lviii + 106
Book or monograph AElfric's Letter to the Monks of EynshamChristopher A. Jones, ed. AElfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Hbk. ISBN: 0521630118. pp.266.
Book or monograph M. Lapidge & M. Winterbottom, Life of Ethelwold. Oxford Medieval Texts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.
Book or monograph C. Pope, ed. Homilies of Ælfric: A Supplementary Collection. Early English Text Society, Vol. 1. 1967. Hbk. ISBN: 0197222617.
Book or monograph C. Pope, ed. Homilies of Ælfric: A Supplementary Collection. Early English Text Society, Vol. 2. 1968. Hbk. ISBN: 0197222625.
Book or monograph lfric's Lives of the SaintsW. Skeat, ed. Ælfric's Lives of the Saints. Early English Text Society, 2 Vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967. Hbk. ISBN: 0197220762.
Book or monograph Benjamen Thorpe, ed. The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church, Containing the Homilies of Ælfric, 2 Vols. New York: Johnson Reprint, 1844-6. a.k.a. Sermones Catholici, or, Homilies, in the original Anglo-Saxon.
Book or monograph J. Wilcox, ed. Aelfric's Prefaces. Durham: Durham Medieval Texts, 1994. Pbk. ISBN: 0950598976.

Secondary Sources

Book or monograph Peter A.M. Clemoes, "The Chronology of Ælfric's Works," P.A.M. Clemoes, ed. The Anglo-Saxons: Studies in some Aspects of Their History and Culture presented to Bruce Dickens. London: Bowes & Bowes, 1959. 212-47.
Book or monograph Milton McC. Gatch, Preaching and Theology in Anglo-Saxon England: Ælfric and Wulfstan. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1977. Hbk. ISBN: 0802053475. pp.281.
Book or monograph S. Harvey Gem, An Anglo-Saxon Abbot: Ælfric of Eynsham - a study. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1912. pp.200.
Book or monograph Lynne Grundy, Books and Grace: Ælfric's Theology. London: Kings College Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, 1991. Pbk. ISBN: 0951308556. pp.209.
Book or monograph James Hurt, Ælfric. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1972. pp.152.
Article in Journal or Book Audrey L. Meaney, "Aelfric and Idolatry," Journal of Religious History 13.2 (1984): 119-135.
Book or monograph C.L. White, Ælfric: A New Study of His Life and Writings. Yale Studies in English, 2. 1898.
Book or monograph Michael Winterbottom, ed., Three Lives of English Saints. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1972. Pbk. ISBN: 0888444508. pp.94. Covers Ælfric, Abbo of Fleury & Wulfstan of Winchester.
On-line Resource Some Thoughts on the Life and Work of Ælfric, Abbot of Eynsham (David Young)View in PDF format pdf

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