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Lost Books: Abbess Hildelith and the Literary Culture of Barking Abbey.

Watt, D (2012) Lost Books: Abbess Hildelith and the Literary Culture of Barking Abbey. Philological Quarterly, 91 (1). pp. 1-22.

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Abstract

This article explores the literary culture of Barking Abbey, a vital centre of Anglo-Saxon learning, when it was under the rule of its second abbess, Hildelith, in the late seventh and early eighth century. Particular attention is given to the intersection of lived practice at Barking and the literary record, focusing on three pieces of evidence: Bede’s account of the early history of Barking in his Ecclesiastical History, written in 731; Aldhelm’s De Virginitate (c.675-680), which was written for Hildelith and her fellow nuns; and a letter written by Boniface around 716 in which he relates the vision of the monk of Much Wenlock. Taken together, the three texts reveal that, under the rule of the academically-minded Abbess Hildelith, Barking Abbey was at the centre of a vibrant network of textual exchange between the abbess and nuns and prominent churchmen and other religious communities.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > English
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Date : 1 December 2012
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Watt D (2012). Lost Books: Abbess Hildelith and the Literary Culture of Barking Abbey. Philological Quarterly, 91(1):1-22. Available at: http://english.uiowa.edu/philological-quarterly/abstracts-91-1
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Date Deposited : 06 May 2014 17:35
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:45
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/712344

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