Joan Turville-Petre


Joan Turville-Petre

Joan Elizabeth Turville-Petre (B Litt, MA) (10 May 1911 - 9 March 2006) was a noted academic at Oxford University, England, in the field of Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic and Scandinavian language studies.

Joan Turville-Petre (née Blomfield) was the daughter of Sam Blomfield of Colchester, Essex. She studied at Somerville College, Oxford University and maintained a lifelong connection with the college. She was a Tutor and Fellow from 1941 – 6, a Lecturer in English from 1946 – 65 and an Honorary College Research Fellow from 1965 until her death in 2006.

On January 7 1943, Joan Turville-Petre married Gabriel Turville-Petre, a fellow Oxford academic working in the same field. They had three sons: Thorlac Francis Samuel (born January 6 1944), Merlin Oswald (born July 2 1946) and Brendan Arthur Auberon (16 September1948-6 Dec 1981).

Joan Turville-Petre died at the age of 94.

elected publications

*"Runes and the Gothic alphabet" "Saga-Book of the Viking Society for Northern Research" 12 (1937-45) 177–94; 209–31
*"Studies on the Ormulum MS." "Journal of English and German Philology" 46(1) (January 1947), 1-27
*"The story of Rauð and his sons" Trans. from the Icelandic by J.E. Turville-Petre. Viking Society for Northern Research. Payne Memorial Series II. (1947)
*"Hengest and Horsa" "Saga-Book of the Viking Society for Northern Research" 14 (1953-7) 273-90
*"Sources of the Vernacular Homily in England, Norway and Iceland" "Arkiv för Nordik Filologi" 75 (1960), 168-82.
*"Translations of a Lost Penitential Homily" "Traditio" 19 (1963) 51-78
*"The metre of Icelandic court poetry" "Saga-Book of the Viking Society for Northern Research" 17 (1966-69) 326–51
*"Beowulf and Grettis saga: An excursion" "Saga-Book of the Viking Society for Northern Research" 19 (1974-77) 347–57
*"The genealogist and history: Ari to Snorri" "Saga-Book of the Viking Society for Northern Research" 20 (1978-81) 7–23
*"The Old English "Exodus" Text, translation and commentary by J. R. R. Tolkien; edited by Joan Turville-Petre. Clarendon Press, Oxford (1981)
*Meulengracht Sørensen, Preben "The unmanly man: concepts of sexual defamation in early northern society" Trans. by Joan Turville-Petre. Odense: Odense University Press (1983)
*Jón Hnefill Aðalsteinsson "A Piece of Horse Liver: Myth, Ritual, and Folklore in Old Icelandic Sources" Trans. by Terry Gunnell and Joan Turville-Petre, Háskólaútgáfan Félagsvísindastofnun (1998)


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