The King and 'I': Alfred and the Alfredian Project

7 February 2018 1.00pm 1.45pm

Venue:

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)

Speaker(s):

Professor Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe

Contact:

Janet Walwyn | janet.walwyn@bodleian.ox.ac.uk | 01865 287156

Description

The Preface to the Pastoral Care (Bodleian MS. Hatton 20), long attributed to King Alfred (d. 899), surveys the power of earlier kings and the state of learning in England before the Viking invasions, and proclaims a programme of translation to recover the learning of the past by making Latin texts accessible in English.

This talk considers the Alfredian project and the work of 'I' to represent the king in the Alfredian prefaces.

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