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The library of Sir Robert Bruce Cotton was partly destroyed in a tragic library fire in 1731. Fortunately, a printed catalogue published in 1696 survives. What is less fortunate is that it ignores texts such as two of the most celebrated medieval English literary works.
This seminar focuses on how vernacular learned literacy interacted with the Latin and Greek traditions in the Middle Ages. We focus on three linguistic areas: Irish, Slavic (East and West) and Old Norse. The seminar is mainly based on primary sources in translation. Among other issues, we address the complicated distinction between native/local/vernacular and classical/Latin/Greek beyond the linguistic level, as well as the strategies for securing a degree of cultural authority for the vernacular.