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By Malcolm Godden, Simon Keynes

Anglo-Saxon England is the one booklet which always embraces the entire major features of analysis of Anglo-Saxon background and tradition - linguistic, literary, textual, palaeographic, spiritual, highbrow, ancient, archaeological and creative - and which promotes the more odd pursuits - in song or medication or schooling, for instance. Articles in quantity 37 comprise: list of the 13th convention of the overseas Society of Anglo-Saxonists on the Institute of English reviews, college of London, 30 July to four August 2007; The virtues of rhetoric: Alcuin's Disputatio de rhetorica et de uirtutibus; King Edgar's constitution for Pershore (972); misplaced voices from Anglo-Saxon Lichfield; The previous English Promissio Regis; 'lfric, the Vikings, and an nameless preacher in Cambridge, Corpus Christi university (162); Re-evaluating base-metal artifacts: an inscribed lead strap-end from Crewkerne, Somerset; Anglo-Saxon and similar entries within the Oxford Dictionary of nationwide Biography (2004); Bibliography for 2007.

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Hearne, pp. 250–1. This has also been suggested by Kelly, ‘S 786’. For the texts see the bounds of Acton Beauchamp below, pp. 47, 54–5, and 57. 9 (last accessed 15 October 2008), boundaries for S 80, S 104, S 121, S 174, S 180, S 201, S 217, S 401 and S 1335. 35 A few letters are lost at the edges of every page, and several lines are gone from the tops and bottoms. The pages are not ruled and the density of the writing varies significantly, but the leaves containing S 786 have between about forty-five and fifty-five long lines surviving on each page, with the remnants of several more lines visible at the bottoms of the pages.

He was also aware of how extensively rhetoric would therefore need to be deployed, serving sapientia by enabling wisdom to be communicated and acted upon through a variety of channels – in letters, in treatises and in personal exhortations. 96 Alcuin’s understanding of rhetoric, in short, was central to his understanding of how wisdom should be applied by individuals within human society. Read in these terms, the Disputatio de rhetorica is much more than just a textbook. It provides a profound insight into how Alcuin put together the instruments of his own public and literary activity, as a means of discharging his own duty as a uir ciuilis, his own responsibility as a servant of sancta sophia.

6 (Woodbridge, 2006), pp. 142–5. An edition of the text and translation of the Latin is given below, pp. 43–53 and 73–6. 33 Peter A. 11 The text is quite badly damaged in places, particularly along the horizontal folds, in the lower right-hand corner, and about two-thirds of the way up the right-hand side of the face. 12 Unfortunately these repairs have obscured letters, so the facsimile is still a valuable witness. 14 There is some influence of Caroline script in this scribe’s hand, however, and he did admit Caroline forms, though very infrequently: the phrase coapostolo paulo dedicatum habetur monachis in the middle of line 11 was written with three of the four occurrences of a and the first d all Caroline, as shown in Figure 1.

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