Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Elizabeth Elstob

Elizabeth Elstob's An English-Saxon Homily on the Birth-Day of St. Gregory, published in 1709, stands as a landmark in the history of Anglo-Saxon studies. Elstob is the first woman known to have developed an interest in Old English texts, and her two major publications in the field—the homily edition and The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue, which was published in 1715—were both intended to appeal to a female readership.

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