Riddles at work in the early medieval tradition: Words, ideas, interactions

Megan Cavell (Editor), Jennifer Neville (Editor)

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Capitalising on developments in the field over the past decade, Riddles at work provides an up-to-date microcosm of research on the early medieval riddle tradition. The book presents a wide range of traditional and experimental methodologies. The contributors treat the riddles both as individual poems and as parts of a tradition, but, most importantly, they address Latin and Old English riddles side-by-side, bringing together texts that originally developed in conversation with each other but have often been separated by scholarship. Together, the chapters reveal that there is no single, right way to read these texts but rather a multitude of productive paths.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages334
ISBN (Electronic)9781526133731, 9781526133724
ISBN (Print)9781526133717
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Publication series

NameManchester Medieval Literature and Culture


  • Early medieval riddles
  • Old English poetry
  • Anglo-Latin enigmata
  • Exeter Book
  • Aldhelm
  • Symphosius
  • Bern riddles
  • Tatwine
  • Eusebius


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