n.1.One versed in the Saxon language.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Hepzibah, and Phoebe finally do, than to help prop up the Anglo Saxonist
A celebrated pioneer in the investigation of medieval British literature was the Saxonist antiquary and future Bishop of London, Edmund Gibson (1669-1748), born in Westmorland, who was part of an antiquarian circle at Queen's College Oxford.
The last article, by Timothy Graham, describes the curious lives of the "Oxford Saxonist" team of William and Elizabeth Elstob and the manuscript, Takamiya MS 129, which contains their collaborative efforts to collate a series of Old English law codes.
Building on Margaret Doody's work on the influence of the classical tradition of captivity, tape, and escape on the genre of the novel, and Ed White's work on the novel's role as a genre ideally suited for the heteroglossia of the colonial context, Doyle explores how a "uniquely Saxonist" legacy of personal freedom familiar from Whig narrative of the seventeenth century was racialized as Anglo-Saxon, and then encoded in what she calls the liberty plots of novels from Aphra Behn's Oroonoko through Nella Larsen's Quicksand.
In spite of his "metaphorical" use of racial categories, Arnold in this view "wants to subvert the type of pig-headed chauvinism which he links with a Saxonist attitude." What he terms the Celtic element in the national culture allows him to distance it from that of Germany, and (although he was subtly influenced by the fact that his mother's family was from Cornwall) Arnold's version of "Celticity" is primarily modeled on that of Breton, not native British varieties, and was strongly influenced by the French writer Ernest Renan, whom he admired.
Present were Humfrey Wanley, John Talman and John Bagford: Wanley was librarian to the Earl of Oxford, a Saxonist and palaeographer; Talman was an artist and engraver; whilst Bagford was a shoemaker and collector of old ballads.
However, the treatments are highly selective, focusing more on individual scholars and national characteristics rather than the common ground of, for example, the "Saxonist" movement.
The first and sixth are from a letter to George Ballard, 16 January 1752, the fifth from a letter to Ballard, 7 March 1735, all found in Caroline White's biography, "Elizabeth Elstob: The Saxonist," Sharpe's London Magazine 50, n.s.
The same Whig aristocrats, who delighted in the grand Tour, also indulged in Saxonist history and played up Saxonist-based liberties.
In the volume The Middle Ages After the Middle Ages, Laura Kendrick's 'The American Middle Ages: Eighteenth-Century Saxonist Myth-Making' is an informed and informative discussion of the idea of Anglo-Saxon 'liberty' in the culture of eighteenth-century American intellectuals, a topic that is not new, but Kendrick handles it with precision and specific detail.