Anglo-Saxon Prognostics, 900-1100 by Chardonnens, L.S.

By Chardonnens, L.S.

This ebook deals an research of the prestige and serve as of the Anglo-Saxon prognostics of their manuscript context, a research in their creation to and transmission in Anglo-Saxon England, and, for the 1st time, a accomplished variation of prognostics in previous English and Latin

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42 Braswell (1978, 1984), Keiser (1998, 2004), Means (1992, 1993), Mooney (1994, 1998), Taavitsainen (1987, 1988, 1994), Taavitsainen and Pahta (2004), Voigts (1984, 1986, 1994, 1995), Voigts and Kurtz (2000). 39 14 CHAPTER ONE mining destiny... 43 The system devised by Means is practicable if one is not content simply to list the prognostic genres individually, and it is a pity that this classification has not been acknowledged more often in recent scholarship on the prognostics. 44 I propose a classification of prognostics that unites this diverse group of texts and still acknowledges the variety in subject matter and structure.

The remaining eight prognostics constitute a prognostic section. 63 The first of these prognostics is a severely corrupted copy which has undergone extensive revision at the hands of the scribe. A mass of seventeen lines intervenes between the second and third prognostic, but a line in the margin indicates that the latter should have followed the text on the Dog Days. The same prognostic sequence is 56 Dog Days in Old English also feature in Royal 12. D. xvii, fols 54v-55v (see pp. 40-41) and the Peri didaxeon (see p.

Wallis (1995: 105) asserted that the computus was “for the most part, and certainly in its most formative period, not built around texts at all, but rather around tables”. 20 Wallis (1999: 425-26). 21 I realise that the way in which I represent the computus here is somewhat simplistic, yet the scope of my argument does not allow a more exhaustive discussion. For a lucid introduction to medieval computus, see Wallis (1999: xv-lxxxv). 30 C HAPTER TW O as these tables [viz. the calendar and the Easter tables] crossed North Africa and Italy in the sixth and seventh centuries, they also took on board additional tables and formulae, as well as useful supplementary materials such as notes on astronomy and mathematics, and even peripheral elements (texts on medicine, music, grammar, and tables of weights and measures) that attached themselves to the computus by a kind of associative attraction.

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