This volume contains the Sermo de sacrificio in die Pascae of Aelfric, a monk from Winchester, fl. 1006, in Anglo-Saxon and contemporary English. It is the first attempt at printing Anglo-Saxon, and uses a specially designed type incorporating certain characters which do not occur in the Roman alphabet. Such effort and money was put into the reproduction because the text produced was not simply of antiquarian interest. Indeed it was both politically and religiously highly significant, as it allowed its editor, Archbishop Matthew Parker, to forge a precedent for the Anglican communion by citing ancient practice against the current practice of the Catholic Church.
Given by Henry Douglas, canon of Durham.