The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue.

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Creator

Elizabeth Elstob

Title

The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue.

Publisher

J. Bowyer & C. King

Date

1715

Coverage

London

Description

As a teenager in the 1690s, Elstob (1683–1756) pursued Anglo-Saxon studies with a group of Oxford scholars, including her brother William—a fellow at University College. In 1708 she published two books: her translation of a French work and a Latin text with Old English glosses. Then came a 1709 edition of a 10th-century homily by Ælfric. The Rudiments, her last book, is a remarkable feat: the first grammar of Old English ever published. Her incisive intellect is on full display in the preface, where she cheerfully derides Jonathan Swift.