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The Pearl

Simon Armitage’s award-winning translation is set side-by-side with the original, which creates plenty of opportunities for deciphering and comparing the older and younger versions of English. The original really rolls round your tongue. The translation cuts to the quick with

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dragons are equally important: Tolkien’s Beowulf

For those of us who can’t let go of the world of the rings, today is a good day. J. R. R. Tolkien’s translation of and commentary on the Anglo Saxon epic Beowulf is published today, edited by his 89-year-old

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holy languages for holy week

The holy books of Christians and Jews are a complex mixture of languages and manuscripts that gloriously overlap and contradict. There are more and more chances to see this huge diversity coming together. Two exhibitions, similar content, different title: verbum

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Terms and conditions

Have you ever noticed that lawyers like to say the same thing twice? A marriage is to have and to hold; the partners who make and enter into it may covenant and agree that their goods and chattels are shared

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