Anglo-Saxon Prognostics, 900-1100: Study and Texts

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BRILL, 2007 - History - 605 pages
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Recent scholarship on the Anglo-Saxon prognostics has tried to place these texts within the realm of folklore and medicine, inspired largely by studies and editions from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By analysing prognostic material in its manuscript context, this book offers a novel approach to the status and purpose of prognostic texts in the early Middle Ages with particular attention to the Anglo-Saxon tradition. From this perspective, it emerges that prognostication in Anglo-Saxon England was not folkloric but a scholarly pursuit by monks not primarily interested in the medical aspects of prognostication. In addition, this book offers, for the first time, a comprehensive edition of prognostics in Old English and Latin from Anglo-Saxon and early post-Conquest manuscripts. "Brill's Texts and Sources in Intellectual History," vol. 3
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter Two The Manuscript Context
25
Chapter Three Language Date and Place of Origin
65
Chapter Four Superstition and Prognostication
95
Chapter Five Intended Use of Prognostic Texts
139
Conclusion
159
Text Edition
167
Lunaries
393
Sortes Sanctorum
476
Sunshine Prognostic
483
Wind Prognostic
489
Appendix One Handlist of Prognostics in English Manuscripts
501
Appendix Two Reference List
549
Appendix Three Concordance to AngloSaxon Prognostics
555
Bibliography
567
Index of Names
593

Month Prognosis
466

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László Sándor Chardonnens, Ph.D. (2006) in English, Leiden University, is lecturer at Radboud University Nijmegen. He has published on prognostics and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.