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Ælfric As Pedagogue

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Ælfric's homilies and letters accordingly include thoughtful explanations of the Lord's Prayer and Creed, and of the fundamentals of Christian ethics and morality, as well as summaries of scripture and warnings of the coming Judgement, all topics central to the catechetical instruction of the laity as prescribed by church councils. The overall structure of Ælfric's Grammar is patterned after the Excerptiones, but in a number of ways Ælfric has made significant and highly original changes to the plan of the Excerptiones, most conspicuously by writing in English and by inventing a set of English grammatical terms for use in analysing Latin grammar. The Glossary is arranged as a class glossary, with words organized by topic in categories, in each case with a Latin word coupled with its English equivalent.

Keywords: Ælfric's Grammar; Christian ethics; Latin grammar



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