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" Ælfric’s zoology"
Emily V. Thornbury
Neophilologus, 92:1, 2008, 141-153
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"The Old English writings of the homilist Ælfric, abbot of Eynsham, demonstrate that he had an active interest in animals, particularly those foreign to Anglo-Saxon England. Having culled his material from a variety of sources, he sometimes used it to provide allegorical or symbolic exempla in a traditional way. But Ælfric also drew upon his studies of animals to understand why saints - and not ordinary people - had power over the natural world, and also to help his audience separate the miraculous from the merely exotic when trying to understand Biblical narratives or saints lives." - publisher

Language: English


 
DOI: 10.1007/s11061-007-9040-5
 
  
 
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