The Holy Gospels in Anglo-Saxon, Northumbrian, and Old Mercian Versions Walter W. Skeat

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The Holy Gospels in Anglo-Saxon, Northumbrian, and Old Mercian Versions by Walter W. Skeat
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Walter William Skeat, English philologist, educated at Kings College School (Wimbledon), Highgate School, and Christs College, Cambridge, of which he became a fellow in July 1860. The noted palaeographer T.

C. Skeat was his grandson.In 1878 he was elected Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge. He completed Mitchell Kembles edition of the Anglo-Saxon Gospels, and did much other work both in Anglo-Saxon and in Gothic, but is perhaps most generally known for his labours in Middle English, and for his standard editions of Chaucer and Langlands Piers Plowman.As he himself generously declared, he was at first mainly guided in the study of Chaucer by Henry Bradshaw, with whom he was to have participated in the edition of Chaucer planned in 1870 by the University of Oxford, having declined in Bradshaws favour an offer of the editorship made to himself.

Bradshaws perseverance was not equal to his genius, and the scheme came to nothing for the time, but was eventually resumed and carried into effect by Skeat in an edition of six volumes (1894), a supplementary volume of Chaucerian Pieces being published in 1897. He also issued an edition of Chaucer in one volume for general readers, and a separate edition of his Treatise on the Astrolabe, with a learned commentary.His edition of Piers Plowman in three parallel texts was published in 1886- and, besides the Treatise on the Astrolabe, he edited numerous books for the Early English Text Society, including the Bruce of John Barbour, Pierce the Ploughmans Crede, the romances of Havelok the Dane and William of Palerne, and Ælfrics Lives of the Saints (4 vols.).

For the Scottish Text Society he edited The Kingis Quair, usually ascribed to James I of Scotland, and he published an edition (2 vols., 1871) of Chatterton, with an investigation of the sources of the obsolete words employed by him.He is buried at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge.



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