From a promising youth to an exposed plagiarist, through to a budding novelist and a well-respected scholar of languages. James Platt Jr (1861-1910), an obscure figure in the history of Anglo-Saxon Studies, led a tumultuous life.
Henry Sweet (1845-1912) was a remarkable scholar who laid some of the foundations for the academic study of Old English. This blog provides an overview of Sweet’s publications with respect to Old English and Anglo-Saxon texts. It also relates how a nineteenth-century Dutch student of Old English felt utterly insulted by Sweet, who had ignored him … Continue reading Henry Sweet: The Man Who Taught the World Old English