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The King's English : strategies of translation in the Old English Boethius

Author: Nicole Guenther Discenza
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the late ninth century, while England was fighting off Viking incursions, Alfred the Great devoted time and resources not only to military campaigns but also to a campaign of translation and education unprecedented in early medieval Europe. The King's English explores how Alfred's translation of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy from Latin into Old English exposed Anglo-Saxon elites to classical literature,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Alfred, King of England; Alfred, King of England; Boethius; Boethius; Alfred, King of England; Boethius; Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius; König) Alfred (England; Alfred, England König; Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicole Guenther Discenza
ISBN: 0791464474 9780791464472 0791464482 9780791464489
OCLC Number: 56413328
Description: viii, 224 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Treasures from the Latin hoard --
2. A Christian art of reading --
3. The making of an English dialogue --
4. The translator's Craeft --
App. The commentary problem.
Responsibility: Nicole Discenza.

Abstract:

"In the late ninth century, while England was fighting off Viking incursions, Alfred the Great devoted time and resources not only to military campaigns but also to a campaign of translation and education unprecedented in early medieval Europe. The King's English explores how Alfred's translation of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy from Latin into Old English exposed Anglo-Saxon elites to classical literature, history, science, and Christian thought. More radically, the Boethius, as it became known, told its audiences how a leader should think and what he should be, providing models for leadership and wisdom that live on in England to this day. It also brought prestige to its kingly translator and enshrined his dialect, West Saxon, as the literary language of the English people." "Nicole Guenther Discenza looks at the sources Alfred used in his translation and demonstrates his selectivity in choosing what to retain, what to borrow, and how to represent it to his Anglo-Saxon audience."--Jacket.

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