Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Wisdom's Land: King Alfred's Imagery In His Preface To His Translation Of Augustine's Soliloquies

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Amidst King Alfred’s many great works stands an enchanting wood of calm and refreshment. We find it in the preface to his Old English translation of St. Augustine’s Soliloquies. Part of Alfred’s preface has been lost in the course of transmission. When we begin to read it, the imagery is very fresh and distinctive. The one thing that is obvious is the spiritual import of the imagery. It is meant to express a relation to God and to the hope of heaven. We suddenly see from the parallel with the book of Proverbs, which is a Book of Wisdom, and with the parallel to the Wise Man in the Gospel that Alfred is portraying the life of the soul that cultivates wisdom. And that makes perfect sense. For wisdom is fundamental to Alfred’s scholarly project. It is the principle by which he intended to rebuild the welfare of his land.

Keywords: Augustine’s Soliloquies; book of Proverbs; book of Wisdom; King Alfred; preface; translation; wisdom’s land



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Divine Creation in Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Thought — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation