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Aspects of knowledgePreserving and reinventing traditions of learning in the Middle Ages$
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Marilina Cesario and Hugh Magennis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097843

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097843.001.0001

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Cristes leorningcnihtas: traditions of the apostles in Old English literature

Cristes leorningcnihtas: traditions of the apostles in Old English literature

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(p.97) 4 Cristes leorningcnihtas: traditions of the apostles in Old English literature
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Aspects of knowledge
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Hugh Magennis

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097843.003.0005

This chapter, by Hugh Magennis, considers the theme of the interpretation and application of Christian knowledge as reflected in treatments of the apostles in vernacular writings in Anglo-Saxon England. The acta of the apostles originated in the East but were transmitted and reworked by western writers, not least in pre-Conquest England. Surveying depictions of the apostles in Old English, Magennis’s chapter emphasises the definitive place that the apostles occupy within Christian systems of knowledge and understanding but also examines how traditions of the apostles are appropriated and reconceived by Anglo-Saxon writers (including the poet of Andreas, whose reworking of his source is considered in greater detail in the chapter in this volume by Richard North).

Keywords:   Old English, Apostles, Transmission, Tradition, Appropriation, Religious knowledge

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