John the Baptist's Prayer or The Descent into Hell from the Exeter Book: Text, Translation and Critical Study (Anglo-Saxon Studies)

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9781843843665: John the Baptist's Prayer or The Descent into Hell from the Exeter Book: Text, Translation and Critical Study (Anglo-Saxon Studies)

The Old English poem known popularly as the Descent into Hell, found on folios 119v to 121v of the Exeter Book, has to date received little critical attention, perhaps owing to various contextual problems and lacunae on the leaves that contain it. This first full-length study offers a full account of the poem, together with an edition of the text and facing translation. It aims to resolve some of the poem's vexing issues and provides a variety of possible interpretations of the poem. The in-depth literary analysis seeks to enrich modern scholarly perceptions of the poem, suggest a more appropriate title, and contribute to continued scholarly discussion and analysis of the Exeter Book and its compilation. It provides a guide towards understanding the poem's main theme, presents the text in light of its position in ecclesiastical history, and sheds fresh light into its place and significance within the corpus of Old English poetry. M.R. Rambaran-Olm received her PhD from the University of Glasgow.

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University of Glasgow, Assisting with the 'Cullen Project' in the School of Critical Studies.

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John the Baptist's Prayer . . . gives insight into the workings of time in the poem, interpretation of individual passages, and the connections to the Easter Vigil. The book, and particularly the edition, should be consulted by anyone working on the poem. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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