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Irina Tsoma
04.11.2012, 15:35

Latin and Anglo-Saxon literature

Latin literature in Britain is literature from Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) originally written in Latin.


Bede,  672/67325 May 735

William of Malmesbury, 1080/1095 1143

Roger Bacon,  12141294

Thomas More, 7 February 14786 July 1535

Francis Bacon, 22 January 15619 April 1626

Thomas Hobbes, 5 April 15884 December 1679

John Milton, 9 December 16088 November 1674

Isaac Newton 4 January 1643 - March 1727

Anglo-Saxon literature (or Old English literature) encompasses literature written in Anglo-Saxon (Old English) during the 600-year Anglo-Saxon period of England, from the mid-5th century to the Norman Conquest of 1066. These works include genres such as epic poetry, hagiography, sermons, Bible translations, legal works, chronicles, riddles, and others.

There are four major manuscripts:



The poem (3,182 lines) tells the story of the legendary Geatish hero Beowulf who is the title character. The story is set in Scandinavia, in Sweden and Denmark, and the tale likewise probably is of Scandinavian origin. The story is biographical and sets the tone for much of the rest of Old English poetry.Beowulf.

Beowulf (modern translation)

The great warrior went,
hard under his helmet,
until he stood within
in his shining coat of mail,
his armor-net sewn by smiths.

Beowulf spoke: 
"I am Hygelac's kinsman and warrior.
I have undertaken many 
glorious deeds. I learned 
of Grendel in my native land.
Seafarers say this place,
the best of halls,
stands idle and useless
after sundown. Hrothgar,
the wise men among my people
advised that I seek you
because they know my strength--
they saw me come from battles
stained in the blood of my enemies, 
when I destroyed a family of giants,
when I endured pain all night,
killing water monsters,
grinding them to bits,
to avenge for the Geats
those who asked for misery.
And now I shall, alone, 
fight Grendel.

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