Exeter Book


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Exeter Book,

manuscript volume of Old English religious and secular poetry, of various dates of composition, compiled c.975 and given to Exeter Cathedral by Bishop Leofric (d. 1072).

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See edition by G. P. Krapp and E. V. K. Dobbie (1936). See studies by C. Williamson (1977), J. Roberts (1979), and J. E. Anderson (1986).

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Also, the unique manuscript of Beowulf, held in the British Library, will be displayed with the Vercelli Book on loan from the Biblioteca Capitolare in Vercelli, while the Exeter Book on loan from Exeter Cathedral Library and the Junius Manuscript on loan from the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Talking of manuscripts, it's marvellous to know that UNESCO have recognised the Exeter Book in the cathedral library, one of only four surviving Anglo-Saxon poetry manuscripts, and granted it Memory of the World status.
She discusses runes in Old English manuscripts: the Exeter Book manuscript as a case study, reading and writing in the runic riddles and The Husband's Message, Cynewulf's signatures and the materiality of the letter, the power of the letter in runic charms and Solomon and Saturn I, and rune lists and alphabet poems: studying the letter in later Anglo-Saxon England.
Finally, the Old English 'lyrics' of the Exeter Book illustrate certain difficulties involved in 'reclaiming' the first-person pronoun for human reference, and foreshadow later developments in human subjectivity in writing.
The Exeter book acts as a microcosm of Carter's work: in it, we can see evidence of the quality of the draughtsmanship and the engraving, Carter's advocacy of the English origins of Gothic architecture, and the need for preserving medieval monuments, demonstrating the book's significance and value as a vivid example of Carter's work.
88v-92v of the Exeter Book, the poet's balanced phrasing and head-rhyme formally indicate that the singing of poetry (leop gesingan) brought together people in friendship (leofes gearnian), a unifying theme repeated in Exeter Maxims's three scribal sections.
There is a fragmentary poem about ruins in the 10th-century Exeter Book in which the melancholy fascination with crumbled worlds seems already to be fully formed.
Juliana of Nicomedia from the Exeter Book and Fates of the Apostles and Elena: The Finding of the True Cross from the Vercelli Book.
I hesitate, as Rateliff hesitated in The History of the Hobbit (191), to make a strong connection between Gollum's "wind riddle" and the Exeter Book storm riddles or riddle (Craig Williamson presented the first three riddles of Exeter Book series as a single riddle that he solved as "Wind").
The first masterwork of wordplay is a collection of nearly one hundred riddles found in the seventh-century Exeter Book (Codex Exoniensis).
But as the Percy Folio (now in the British Library), it is recognised as one of the most significant manuscripts of early English poetry, as important in its way as Beowulf or the Exeter Book.
It is a 6m high stainless steel sculpture designed by Michael Fairfax and uses as its inspiration riddles taken from the 10th century Exeter Book - one of the earliest surviving pieces of Anglo Saxon literature.