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author and a translator. The content of the preface may also be important in understanding key aspects of Alfred's reign as king. By placing himself in the same category as Saint Gregory and Augustine of Canterbury, Alfred blurs the line between secular and religious power and strengthens his own authority over the bishops who received copies of the translated work.

further reading

Discenza, Nicole Guenther. "Alfred's Verse Preface to the Pastoral Care and the Chain of Authority." Neophilologus 85 (2001): 625-633. Dobbie, Elliott Van Kirk, ed. The Anglo-Saxon Minor Poems. New York: Columbia University Press, 1942.

William H. Smith

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