The Dream of the Rood

The Dream of the Rood

Paperback Exeter Medieval English Texts and Studies Language: English / English, Old (ca. 450-1100)

Edited by M. J. Swanton

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  • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF EXETER PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Language: English / English, Old (ca. 450-1100)
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 178mm x 14mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1996
  • ISBN 10: 0859895033
  • ISBN 13: 9780859895033
  • Illustrations note: 3 b&w illustrations, bibliography, notes, glossary
  • Sales rank: 254,273

Product description

The Dream of the Rood is a poem that has entranced generations of scholars. It is one of the greatest religious poems in English literature, the work of a nameless poet of superb genius. This edition presents a conservative text with variant reading described in the notes. In his introduction Professor Swanton describes the Vercelli Book, in which the full text of The Dream of the Rood is found, and gives an account of the Ruthwell Cross, the sources for which are scattered and not normally familiar to students of Old English. The relationship between the two texts, the doctrine behind the poem and its style and structure are also discussed. The edition includes extensive notes and glossary.

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Author information

Michael Swanton is Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter.

Review quote

"Swanton provides a helpful description of the poem's text and of its manuscript context, the Vercelli Book. A discussion of the doctrinal and iconographic backgrounds of the poem, and a comprehensive overview of its structural, thematic and stylistic concerns." (The Year's Work in English Studies)

Table of contents

Contents: The Vercelli book; the Ruthwell cross; relationship between the texts; doctrine and iconography; style and structure; select bibliography; texts.