By Susan E. Deskis

Medieval England’s particular political and linguistic background contains a nice variety of major adjustments, essentially the most disruptive of which have been occasioned via the Norman Conquest. The alliterative proverb, with roots in previous English and persevered energy in heart English, serves as a distinct verbal icon permitting exploration of cultural stipulations either earlier than and after the Conquest. As a sturdy but versatile shape, the proverb remained simply as vital within the 15th century because it was once within the sixth.

 

The proverb has been an underutilized source in tracing the linguistic and highbrow cultures of the earlier. Making the fullest use of this fabric, this learn, through Susan E. Deskis, is advanced in its mixture of philology, paroemiology, literary historical past, and sociolinguistics, eventually achieving conclusions which are enlightening for either the literary and linguistic histories of medieval England. within the language ecology of britain from approximately 1100 to approximately 1500, the place English, French, and Latin compete to be used, alliterative proverbs are marked not just via the alternative of English because the language of expression but additionally simply because alliteration in heart English connotes a unsleeping connection to the prior. Alliterative Proverbs in Medieval England: Language selection and Literary Meaning explores how that connection is exploited in quite a few literary genres from university texts and sermons to romances and cycle plays.

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