The hermeneutic style of Latin, a style with many unusual and arcane
words, especially from Greek, became the nearly universal preference in
tenth-century England. It was first found in the work of Apuleius in the
second century and then in Europe in the later Roman period. In the
early medieval period some leading Continental scholars were exponents,
including Johannes Scotus Eriugena and Odo of Cluny; the most
influential hermeneutic writer was the English seventh-century bishop
Aldhelm. In England the hermeneutic style became increasingly
influential in the tenth century when Latin scholarship was reviving; in
continental Europe, the style was only ever used by a minority of
writers. It was the house style of the English Benedictine Reform, the
most important intellectual movement in later Anglo-Saxon England. The
style fell out of favour after the Norman Conquest, and the twelfth-
century chronicler William of Malmesbury described it as disgusting and
bombastic. Historians were equally dismissive until the late twentieth
century, when scholars such as Michael Lapidge argued that it should be
taken seriously as an important aspect of late Anglo-Saxon culture.
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