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Ælfric'sColloquy and Ælfric bata

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Comparing the three version of Ælfric'sColloquy, the essay argues that Ælfric's student Ælfric Bata made editorial additions to each version. These interpolations are presented in detail, and probable teaching aims behind the changes are explored. Bata's possible authorship of the continuous gloss to theColloquy is also suggested. Textual evidence from relevant manuscripts allows a comprehensive description of Bata's editorial and authorial activities, and furthermore establishes his close connection with MS. Oxford, St John's College 154, a connection which may indicate Bata's involvement in the publishing of Ælfric's influential pedagogical works.

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This study began at a 1991 National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar directed by Anatoly Lieberman. I would like to express my thanks to the Endowment and to Dr. Lieberman. Thanks also to Scott Gwara who critiqued portions of the paper.

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Porter, D.W. Ælfric'sColloquy and Ælfric bata. Neophilologus 80, 639–660 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00410681

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