By Eric Gerald Stanley
E.G. Stanley has a world acceptance as a number one Anglo-Saxonist, and his perceptive and unique contributions to the sphere remain wanted via Anglo-Saxon students. the 2 themes incorporated during this booklet are only such stories. `The look for Anglo-Saxon Paganism' lines an perspective between writers on Anglo-Saxon literature which exalts no matter what is primitive and supposedly pagan or crypto-pagan within the surviving previous English texts of the early Christian heart a while, as verified within the paintings of such luminaries as Jacob Grimm and J.R.R. Tolkien, in addition to a swarm of youth figures. scholars of previous English literature will locate a few of their adored perspectives on person texts challenged within the technique of tracing them to their foundations; however the e-book has wider implications as a case-history of the way scholarly predilection turns into prejudice and orthodoxy. even though written a few years in the past, the arguments, with a few updates and corrections, stay clean and invigorating. the second one a part of the ebook bargains with the quest for trial through jury one of the Anglo-Saxons. Its beginnings were sought via a few in Germanic criminal associations, through others in associations introduced in via King Alfred to whom a lot that's nice and reliable within the governance of britain used to be ascribed. the writer argues that the idealism that characterised advocates of political and criminal reform guided them to some proof in regards to the starting place of jury and to many simplifications and blunders during which the Anglo-Saxons seemed as shining forerunners.
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Yet, surely, Lingard went too far. He failed to see how it was that England was good ground on which to sow the seed of the new teaching; we look in vain in his book for the kind of sensitive understanding which made Adolf Ebert write of the AngloSaxons:71 The quick acceptance, the easy acquisition of Latin Christianity, an acquisition that so soon turned into a rich, productive, and learned 70 71 Legouis, in Legouis and Cazamian, A History of English Literature, I, The Middle Ages and the Renascence, p.
Kemble, The Saxons in England: A History of the English Commonwealth till the Norman Conquest (London, 1849), I, p. 343 (footnote). J. Grimm, Andreas und Elene, p. lviii: `Wir sinnen und trachten gern uÈber die vergangenheit. Wenn im fruÈhling die hoÈher steigende sonne aus der winterkalten erde graÈser, halme, bluÈten treibt, so hegt im herbst der boden zwar noch waÈrme des sommers, aber spitzen und wipfel beginnen erkaltend abzuwelken. Dann geschieht es, dass das gruÈne laub einiger bauÈme, vor dem letzten falben, seine farbe wechselt und in roÈthe uÈbergeht.
F. Massmann, Deutsch und Welsch oder der Weltkampf der Germanen und Romanen. Ein RuÈckblick auf unsere Urgeschichte zur tausendjaÈhrigen Erinnerung an den Vertrag von Verdun (Munich, 1843), p. ' For Baesecke's utterance, see p. 28, above. Edinburgh Review lxxxii (1845), p. 310; review of S. ), The Heimskringla, Chronicle of the Kings of Norway by Snorro Sturleson (London, 1845). Edinburgh Review lxxxii (1845), p. 311. Edinburgh Review lxxxii (1845), p. 312. Edinburgh Review lxxxii (1845), p. 312.
Imagining the Anglo-Saxon Past: The Search for Anglo-Saxon Paganism and Anglo-Saxon Trial by Jury by Eric Gerald Stanley