Aelfric’s First Series of Catholic Homilies

Aelfric’s First Series of Catholic Homilies

Cerne (United Kingdom) — 990

Aelfric’s First Series of Catholic Homilies

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Aelfric’s First Series of Catholic Homilies

Ælfric of Eynsham was an abbot in Anglo-Saxon England who was a prolific author of Old English homilies, hagiographies, and commentaries on the Bible who was also highly influential in shaping monastic reform during the 10th century. Created ca. 990–995, the Sermones Catholici are his earliest known works and are Old English translations of Latin texts that draw on the gospels, saints' lives´, and other doctrinal themes. Ælfric’s First Series of Catholic Homilies consists of 40 homilies devoted to the chief events of the liturgical year and is, according to the author’s own Latin preface, intended “for the edification of the simple” – the laity. Aside from holding the earliest known copy of the work, other texts in the manuscript include fragments of Canon Tables from a 7th or 8th century Gospel Book and extracts from Gesta Francorum by Gregory of Tours, Sermo de Sabbato Pasche, Gospel of Nicodemus, and fragments of Expositio Psalmorum by Cassiodorus Senator.


Alternative Titles
Aelfrics erste Reihe katholischer Homilien
Size / Format
462 pages / 31.0 × 21.0 cm
Anglo-Saxon minusclue
Facsimile Editions

#1 Aelfric’s First Series of Catholic Homilies

Commentary: 1 volume by Norman Eliason and Peter Clemoes
Language: English
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of folios 4-218 of the original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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