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Latin in Medieval Britain

«The collection is diverse, and the wide range both of topics and of scholarly approaches provides ample testimony not only to the richness and complexity of the Latin tradition in Britain but also to the impressive achievement of the dictionary's editors and contributors, faced with such a daunting quantity and range of material.»

Pádraic Moran, Speculum

Latin continued to be used across Europe long after the end of the Roman Empire. This collection considers key issues arising from the use of Latin in Britain from the 6th to the 16th centuries. Latin in this period was not the native language of its users but was nevertheless used extensively for a wide variety of functions from religion, literature, and philosophy to record-keeping and correspondence. Les mer

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Latin continued to be used across Europe long after the end of the Roman Empire. This collection considers key issues arising from the use of Latin in Britain from the 6th to the 16th centuries. Latin in this period was not the native language of its users but was nevertheless used extensively for a wide variety of functions from religion, literature, and philosophy to record-keeping and correspondence. It existed alongside a number of everyday native spoken
languages, including English, French, and Welsh. The chapters in this collection consider Latin with regard to the various contexts in which it was used, looking beyond narrow comparisons with its Roman ancestor to see what medieval users did with Latin and the changing effects this had on the language.

The fifteen chapters by expert contributors are divided into three parts. The chapters of the first part consider important examples of Latin usage in Britain during four successive periods, the pre-Conquest period, the 12th century, the long 14th century, and the 15th and 16th centuries. In the second part, different spheres of use are considered, including the law, the church, music, and science. In the final part the use of Latin is considered alongside the many spoken native languages of
medieval Britain, looking at how the languages had different roles and how they influenced each other. In all the many contexts in which Latin was used, this use reveals continuity matched with adaptation to circumstance, not least in the development of new vocabulary for the language. Between these
two poles, users of Latin steered a course that suited their own needs and those of their intended audience.

Detaljer

Forlag
Oxford University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780197266083
Utgivelsesår
2017
Format
24 x 18 cm

Om forfatteren

Richard Ashdowne is at University College, Oxford. Carolinne White is an independent scholar.

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«The collection is diverse, and the wide range both of topics and of scholarly approaches provides ample testimony not only to the richness and complexity of the Latin tradition in Britain but also to the impressive achievement of the dictionary's editors and contributors, faced with such a daunting quantity and range of material.»

Pádraic Moran, Speculum

«this volume excellently demonstrates the breadth and value of the corpus of Medieval Latin from Britain. Individual contributions on the whole are exemplary and will be of great use to a wide readership, while the editorial standards of the volume are high. Although not exhaustive in its reach, this collection is a fine tribute both to the DMLBS and Medieval Latin studies more generally.»

Robert Gallagher, The Medieval Review

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