Ælfric Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Clemoes, P. A. M. “The Chronology of Ælfric's Works.” In The Anglo-Saxons: Studies in Some Aspects of Their History and Culture, edited by Peter Clemoes, pp. 212-47. London: Bowes & Bowes, 1959.

Attempts to chronologically order Ælfric's texts.

Garmonsway, G. N. An introduction to Ælfric's “Colloquy,” edited by G. N. Garmonsway, pp. 1-17. London: Methuen & Co., 1939.

Discusses different manuscript versions of the Colloquy.

Godden, Malcolm. An introduction to Ælfric's “Catholic Homilies”: The Second Series-Text, edited by Malcolm Godden, pp. xix-xcvi. London: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Analyzes textual variances among the many different manuscripts.


Clayton, Mary. “Ælfric and the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” Anglia 104, No. 3-4 (1986): 286-315.

Analyzes Ælfric's homily for the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and considers its significance to Ælfric scholars.

———. “Ælfric's Judith: Manipulative or Manipulated?” Anglo-Saxon England 23 (1994): 215-27.

Considers how best to rectify incongruities in Ælfric's exegesis concerning Judith.

Clemoes, Peter. “Ælfric.” In Continuations and Beginnings: Studies in Old English Literature, edited by Eric Gerald Stanley, pp. 176-209. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1966.

Examines Ælfric's writing skills and style, his sources, and his modes of thought.

Godden, Malcolm, ed. Ælfric's Catholic Homilies: Introduction, Commentary, and Glossary. London: Oxford University Press, 2000, 794p.

Discusses the homilies' origin and purpose and provides their Latin sources.

Lee, Stuart. “Ælfric's Treatment of Source Material in His Homily on the Books of the Maccabees.” Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 77, No. 3 (1995): 165-76.

Discusses Ælfric's use and treatment of sources other than the Old Testament.

Silverman, M. J. “Ælfric's Designation of the King as ‘Cristes Sylfes Speligend’.” Review of English Studies 35, No. 139 (August 1984): 332-34.

Describes Ælfric's use of the term “Christ's vicar” to refer to the King as reflecting the currents of English political thought.

Szarmach, Paul E., ed. Holy Men and Holy Women: Old English Prose Saints' Lives and Their Contexts. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996, 390p.

Contains essays on Ælfric's Sanctorale, the dissemination of Lives of the Saints, and Ælfric's value as an historian. Two essays from this collection are reprinted above.

Additional coverage of Ælfric's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 146.