Sweet (1934) King Alfred’s West-Saxon Version of Gregory’s Pastoral Care – Old English


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Sweet, Henry. King Alfred’s West-Saxon Version of Gregory’s Pastoral Care, with an English translation, the Latin text, Notes and an Introduction. (London: Early English Text Society, 1934) Old English, West-Saxon branch.

Octavo. 288 plus 8 page catalog. Hardcover. Brick cloth-covered boards stamped in gilt.

Condition: Clean and bright with crisp gilding. Previous owner’s name and old bookseller’s price on First Free Endpaper. Notes in pencil most prominently through p. 23 (possibly beyond). Spine ends slightly bumped, light spotting to top- and fore-edge of textblock.


The Book of Pastoral Rule (Latin: Liber Regulae Pastoralis, Regula Pastoralis or Cura Pastoralis — sometimes translated into English Pastoral Care) is a treatise on the responsibilities of the clergy written by Pope Gregory I around the year 590, shortly after his papal inauguration. It became one of the most influential works on the topic ever written. The title was that used by Gregory when sending a copy to his friend Leander of Seville. The text was addressed to John, the bishop of Ravenna, as a response to a query from him. Gregory later revised the text somewhat. – Wikipedia

Henry Sweet (15 September 1845 – 30 April 1912) was an English philologist, phonetician and grammarian.

As a philologist, he specialized in the Germanic languages, particularly Old English and Old Norse. In addition, Sweet published works on larger issues of phonetics and grammar in language and the teaching of languages. Many of his ideas have remained influential, and a number of his works continue to be in print, being used as course texts at colleges and universities….

Sweet neglected his formal academic coursework, concentrating instead on pursuing excellence in his private studies. Early recognition came in his first year at Oxford, when the prestigious Philological Society (of which he was later to become president) published a paper of his on Old English. In 1871, still an undergraduate, he edited King Alfred’s translation of the Cura Pastoralis for the Early English Text Society (King Alfred’s West-Saxon Version of Gregory’s Pastoral Care: With an English Translation, the Latin Text, Notes, and an Introduction), his commentary establishing the foundation for Old English dialectology. – Wikipedia