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Cultural Difference and the Meaning of Latinity in Asser’s Life of King Alfred

  • David Townsend
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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

Asser’s biography of Alfred the Great of Wessex is often read as a principal site of ninth-century West Saxon hegemonic consolidation. Yet at the same time, this essay argues, its rhetorical pragmatics encode an implicit, and often overlooked, assertion of continued cultural diversity in Britain.

Keywords

Cultural Capital Symbolic Capital Linguistic Difference Modern Scholarship Latin Translation 
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Notes

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    Nicole Guenther Discenza, The King’s English: Strategies of Translation in the Old English Boethius ( Albany: SUNY Press, 2005 ).Google Scholar
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    Thomas Miller, ed., The Old English Version of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, Part I.2, Early English Text Society, Original Series 96 ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1891 ), 344.Google Scholar

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© Jeffrey Jerome Cohen 2008

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  • David Townsend

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