By Chardonnens, L.S.
This booklet bargains 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their creation to and transmission in Anglo-Saxon England, and, for the 1st time, a entire variation of prognostics in outdated English and Latin
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John’s College 17 have three each. The Sphere in the medical volume Sloane 475 is an exception, but that may have to do with the origin of the texts (see pp. 42-43). 26 Wallis (1985; 1995: 122-27) made an outstanding analysis of the contents of this manuscript and the position of the texts. 23 TH E M ANU SC RIPT CONTEX T 31 copied because of its similarity to scientific diagrams: the Apuleian Sphere lacks both the explanatory text and the lists of letter and weekday values that usually accompany the diagram.
Xviii are the only Anglo-Saxon manuscripts to have an Old English text on the unlucky days, a genre of which I have found only one insular Latin representative, in St. John’s College 17. 57 Additionally, the Old English texts on the three Egyptian Days and the three miraculous birthdays in Vitellius E. 58 In short, Vitellius E. xviii contains a series of prognostics with parallels in manuscripts from a number of religious establishments. ) manuscript is taken up by a copy of Ælfric’s Grammar preceded by grammatical and encyclopedic notes,59 and followed by computistical and encyclopedic notes and a prognostic section.
A condensed reference list to the prognostic corpus is provided in appendix two. 1 I acknowledge the risk of simplification by fitting prognostics into particular contexts, but I have yet to meet a situation where my method causes inconsistencies. 2 I am indebted to the following scholars, whose works have been very helpful in shaping my thoughts for the sections on calendars, computus and medicine: Henel (1934a), Hollis and Wright (1992), Cameron (1993), Borst (1993), Baker and Lapidge (1995), Stevens (1995), Wallis (1995; 1999), Hollis (2001), D’Aronco (2005; 2007).