Wulfstan

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  • Stuart Lee (University of Oxford)
  • Hugh Magennis (Queen's University Belfast)

Wulfstan, writer of sermons, law-codes, a treatise on society, and other works, is, with Ælfric, one of the two major vernacular prose writers of the later Anglo-Saxon period. He is sometimes referred to as Wulfstan the Homilist, to distinguish him from several other Wulfstans who were active in the tenth and eleventh centuries, of whom the most significant literary figure was Wulfstan of Winchester, also known as Wulfstan Cantor (fl. 990s), prolific writer of Latin poetry and author of the Life of St Æthelwold. The subject of the present article is also referred to as Wulfstan (Bishop) of York or Wulfstan (Bishop) of Worcester and York, though these appellations fail to distinguish him from an earlier Wulfstan, who held the …

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Citation:
Lee, Stuart, Hugh Magennis. "Wulfstan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001; last revised 21 April 2014.
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