15 November 2018
Professor Daniel Anlezark, The University of Sydney
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and its Afterlives



According to all available evidence, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle was the most widely disseminated vernacular text in early medieval England. The Chronicle was composed in Old English some time in the late ninth century, and its earliest versions are closely associated with King Alfred the Great. The complex textual history of the Chronicle is difficult to unravel, from the earliest versions to the latest, when it was still being copied and added to in the twelfth century. This presentation will discuss the surviving versions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the relationships between them, as well as exploring the ways in which textual additions and deletions modify the ways in which early English history is to be understood and interpreted by readers.




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