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Contents 1The Manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle p1 2Preliminary remarks on Cynewulf and Cyneheard p1 3Old English Verbs p2 4Translation and Commentary a Cynewulf and Sygebryht p3 b Cyneheard p4 c The Ambush and the Death of the King p6 d The Kings Men p7 e The Rearguard p9 f The Princes Offer p10 g Cyneheards Death and Epilogue p11 5Bibliography p 12 1 The Manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle The text Cynewulf and Cyneheard is an excerpt from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle whose manuscripts are currently owned by the British Library in London and the Bodleian Library in Oxford According to the Website of The University of Calgary the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is one of the most important sources for the history of the British pre-conquest period It starts with the reign of king lfred the Great aD 871 - 899 and shows the annual record of the history of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms1 2 Preliminary remarks on Cynewulf and Cyneheard The text of Cynewulf and Cyneheard differs from the other texts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle by its length and details The usual texts contain a mere listing of the personal changes in thrones and bishoprics during the years but Cynewulf and Cyneheard displays more complexity even a narrative-like structure These differences in style and form have been speculated to result from a different origin of the text excerpt It is assumed that it might have been an orally transmitted saga of the traditional storytellers inserted by the authors of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle at its rightful place When translating the text of Cynewulf and Cyneheard I stumbled across some difficulties For once Old English has a word order far more freely than modern English for example the position of the verb the subject and one or more objects To ease the understanding of the text I
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