Medieval England, 950–1450

  • Peter M. Lefferts
Part of the Man & Music book series (MAMU)

Abstract

The brilliant literary and artistic culture of the earlier Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, unmatched in western Europe in the seventh and eighth centuries, suffered devastating decline through successive waves of Danish invasions. Revival of culture and learning began under King Alfred at the end of the ninth century, reaching its culmination in the second half of the tenth century in association with the renewal and dissemination of Benedictine monasticism. It is this resurgence of later Anglo-Saxon England that provides the context for the first English musical repertory of which we have concrete knowledge.

Keywords

Thirteenth Century Fifteenth Century Fourteenth Century Twelfth Century Vernacular Lyric 
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Notes

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