Philip, Robert: manuscript of Heliand

Scope and Content

Papers of Robert G Philip, [c1930-1950], comprising an unpublished work titled A ninth century view of Christ , based on the Anglo-Saxon poem Heliand . The manuscript comprises analysis followed by a translation of the poem.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert G Philip spent many years as a religious minister in Glencairn, Dumfriesshire. During that time, he translated and studied the Heliand , an epic poem in Old Saxon, written about 825 AD. The title means 'Savior' in Old Saxon, and it recounts the life of Jesus in the alliterative verse style of a Germanic saga. Philip was the author of A Vision and a Voice: the awakening of today (1913).


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Access Information

Open for research though 24 hours advance notice is necessary.

Acquisition Information

Senate House Library

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description is also available on the ULRLS archives website,

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Anya Turner.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original and to the provisions of copyright law. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

Transferred from Senate House Library.