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A Companion to Ælfric is a newly-commissioned set of essays from scholars working on a range of topics which relate to Ælfric and his contexts. The intention of this introduction chapter of the book is to offer a stimulating engagement with some current approaches and to prompt further work; and the book is aimed at newer and more experienced students of Ælfric alike. It is the first collection of essays devoted to the full range of Ælfric's writings that has ever appeared. This circumstance is particularly remarkable given the central position that Ælfric has occupied in Anglo-Saxon studies down the years. The chapter recognizes the achievement of Ælfric as a writer and teacher, but also seeks to consider his relationship to the age in which he lived and to its ecclesiastical and secular politics in a more nuanced way than has often been the case in the past.

Keywords: Ælfric; Anglo-Saxon



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