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These included passages from the Ten Commandments and the Pentateuch, which he prefixed to a code of laws he promulgated.Alfred is also said to have directed the Book of Psalms to have been translated into Old English.Augustine's Abbey or Christ Church, Canterbury or Minster-in-Thanet.Reprint: Kuhn, Sherman M., ed., University of Michigan Press 1995.At about the same time as the Wessex Gospels, a priest of Dorsetshire named Ælfric produced this independent translation of the Pentateuch, Joshua, and Judges.Aelfric claims this in his "De vetere testamento" (~1010). See also Aelfric: a new study of his life and writings, by Caroline Louisa White.
An illuminated Psalter produced in the second quarter of the 8th Century.
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Because of the unique phonetic orthography adopted by the author, the work preserves many details of English pronunciation at a time when the language was in flux after the Norman Conquest; consequently, despite its lack of literary merit, it is invaluable to philologists in tracing the development of English.
The sole manuscript (Bodleian Library MS Junius 1, far from complete) is thought to be the actual autograph. A modern-spelling edition was published by David Daniell (Yale University Press, 1996) Google books.