The Vercelli Book (2109 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay


The Vercelli Book contains a mixture of Anglo-Saxon texts in Old English, twenty-three of which are prose and six verse. It is named after its present location, Vercelli in northern Italy, where it has been certainly since the seventeenth century, and probably since the eleventh. It is one of the four surviving major manuscripts of Old English poetry, the other three being the Beowulf Manuscript, Junius 11, and the Exeter Book, all of which have their own entries in this encyclopedia.

The Vercelli Book is properly known by its full shelf-mark which is most often given as Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare CXVII (or in English sometimes Vercelli, Cathedral Library MS 117). However, the manuscript is sometimes referred …

Citation: Stokes, Peter Anthony. "The Vercelli Book". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 January 2009 [, accessed 15 July 2020.]

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