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The Digital Aelfric: Eight Catholic Homilies
Edited by Aaron J Kleist

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Published by Scholarly Digital Editions 15 August 2016.
Annotated transcripts of all copies of eight Catholic Homilies—the only ones with surviving witnesses to all stages of authorial revision—with images of all manuscript pages, side-by-side comparison of variant versions, and scholarly introductions.

This publication offers a dynamic edition of works by Ælfric of Eynsham, the most erudite and prolific author writing in English before Chaucer. Focusing on arguably his most influential work, the Catholic Homilies, it examines the only homilies for which witnesses to all six stages of authorial revision survive, tracing their development through Ælfric’s lifetime and nearly 200 years of transmission thereafter. Where printed editions are hard put to capture such a fluid developmental process, the Digital Ælfric allows one visually to trace each step along the way. Annotated transcripts by 43 contributors of all 118 extant copies may be viewed alongside each other or compared directly with $50,000 worth of digital images of all relevant manuscript pages. Accompanied by scholarly introductions to the project and to Ælfric’s life and work, the Digital Ælfric seeks to open new avenues for scholarly exploration and to promote a heightened appreciation for this vital figure in English literature.



  • High-resolution, full colour images of each manuscript page
  • All transcripts may be viewed alongside the manuscript page image



  • Full, highly-detailed transcriptions of all extant manuscripts of eight of Aelfric's Catholic Homilies
  • Multiple transcripts can be viewed side by side, with comparison facilitated by highlighting parallel sections that have been keyed to page and line numbers in Clemoes (and, for older references, Thorpe).



  • Scholarly explanation of Aelfric and his impact
  • Discussion of the edition rationale
  • Bibliography, manuscript lists, image library

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