Epistolary Acts: Anglo-Saxon Letters and Early English Media 1487501005, 9781487501006

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Epistolary Acts: Anglo-Saxon Letters and Early English Media
 1487501005, 9781487501006

Table of contents :
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Epistolary Acts and 'The Husband’s Message'
1. Reconstructing the Anglo-Saxon 'ars dictaminis': Form, Vocabulary, and Immediacy
2. Spreading the Word: The 'Sunday Letter', Mass Communication, and the Self-Replicating Document
3. Messengers, Materiality, and Transmission in the Old English 'Apollonius of Tyre', 'Letter of Abgar', and 'Life of St Mary of Egypt'
4. Bodies of Record: Witnessing, Memory, and Erasure in Ælfric’s 'Life of St Basi'l and the Anonymous Old English 'Legend of the Seven Sleepers'
Epilogue: Epistolary Afterlives
Bibliography
Index

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