Book Series Studies in the Early Middle Ages, vol. 23

Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Language, Literature, History

Alice Jorgensen (ed)

  • Pages: xvi + 344 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:1 b/w, 11 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, Old English
  • Publication Year:2010

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-52394-1
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"There is great value in bringing together so many diverse points of view on one unified theme and the essays illuminate each other as well as the subject." (Elisabeth Okasha, in Óenach: FMRSI Reviews 3.1, 2011, p. 5)

Au-delà de la diversité des approches, on est donc frappé par la grande qualité de ce volume, par la précision des recherches et par l'ampleur des conclusions tirées d'études minutieuse du vocabulaire." (A. Gautier, dans: Le Moyen Âge, CXVII, fasc. 3-4, 2011, p. 723-724)

"This volume is particularly successful and interesting not only because of the range and quality of its papers, but also because its interdisciplinary stance will further encourage those not naturally inclined to engage with material outside of their discipline to do exactly this. In particular, it shows that the Chronicle can be seen to lie at the heart of a vast convergence of scholarly themes and interests, and rightly demands no less than that it be approached as such in future scholarship." (Michael D. J. Bintley, in English Studies, June 2013, Vol. 94, No. 4, p. 489-490)


The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is among the earliest vernacular chronicles of Western Europe and remains an essential source for scholars of Anglo-Saxon and Norman England. With the publication in 2004 of a new edition of the Peterborough text, all six major manuscript versions of the Chronicle are now available in the Collaborative Edition. Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle therefore presents a timely reassessment of current scholarly thinking on this most complex and most foundational of documents.

This volume of collected essays examines the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle through four main aspects: the production of the text, its language, the literary character of the work, and the Chronicle as historical writing. The individual studies not only exemplify the different scholarly approaches to the Chronicle but they also cover the full chronological range of the text(s), as well as offering new contributions to well-established debates and exploring fresh avenues of research. The interdisciplinary and wide-ranging nature of the scholarship behind the volume allows Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle to convey the immense complexity and variety of the Chronicle, a document that survives in multiple versions and was written in multiple places, times, and political contexts.






List of Abbreviations

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle - ALICE JORGENSEN

Part I: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Literature

Malcolm and Margaret: The Poem in Annal 1067D - THOMAS A. BREDEHOFT

The Production of the Peterborough Chronicle - SUSAN IRVINE

Double-Edged Déjà Vu: The Complexity of the Peterborough Chronicle - MALASREE HOME

Sentence to Story: Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Formulary - JACQUELINE STODNICK

Rewriting the Æthelredian Chronicle: Narrative Style and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Chronicle MS F - ALICE JORGENSEN

Part II: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as History

The Representation of Early West Saxon History in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle - BARBARA YORKE

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and Continental Annal-Writing - ANTON SCHARER

Marking Boundaries: Charters and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle - SCOTT THOMPSON SMITH

Geographies of Power in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: The Royal Estates of Anglo-Saxon Wessex - RYAN LAVELLE

Reporting Scotland in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle - ALEX WOOLF

Part III: The Language of the Chronicle

Coins and the Chronicle: Mint-signatures, History, and Language - JAYNE CARROLL

Norse-Derived Vocabulary in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle - SARA M. PONS-SANZ

Select Bibliography

Index of Annals

Subject Index