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Prose Solomon and Saturn and Adrian and Ritheus

Cross, James E. And Thomas D. Hill

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ISBN 10: 0802065090 / ISBN 13: 9780802065094
Editorial: University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Buffalo, London, 1982
Condición: Very Good - Encuadernación de tapa blanda
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Paperback, 8vo. Signed inscription by Thomas Hill on halftitle page. 185 pp. PP 25-38 separate from text block, but present. Else very good. All domestic orders $100 and over will be upgraded to USPS Priority shipping at no additional cost. Size: 8vo. N° de ref. de la librería 86748

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Título: Prose Solomon and Saturn and Adrian and ...

Editorial: University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Buffalo, London

Año de publicación: 1982

Encuadernación: Paperback

Condición del libro:Very Good -

Ejemplar firmado: Author Inscribed & Signed

Edición: 1st.

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There are two prose dialogues in Old English, consisting together of some 109 questions and answers. These questions are related to the medieval Latin Joca Monachorum and Adrian and Epictus dialogues and deal with various and quite diverse topics. Some questions concern scripture and Christian tradition -  'How tall was Adam,' 'where did he get his name,' and 'what are the eight parts of which he was made.' Some questions are scientific or quasi-scientific - 'Where does the sun go at night,' 'what is the number of birds.' Others concern riddles or proverbial lore. Together they are the early medieval equivalent of the Guinness Book of Records, a gathering of odd facts and curious information designed to amuse and entertain.

This edition from the British Library manuscripts provides translations of these dialogues, and, more important, traces the sources of these sometimes rather curious ideas. The book will be useful to specialists and students concerned with Old English and medieval literature in general. The texts themselves are of some importance and the illustrative material gathered here is relevant to a wide range of problems. Yet the book is also intended, as were the originals, to amuse and instruct a wider audience, a new age of curious readers.

About the Author:

James E. Cross (1920-1996) was a professor of the Department of English Language at the University of Liverpool.

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