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The manuscript context

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This chapter deals just five contexts in which prognostics have been found: in calendars; in computi; in medical sections; as guest texts; and collected in prognostic sections. It provides an overview of prognostic material illustrating the relevance of this context for the study of prognostics. Close observation of the manuscript evidence reveals certain fixed sequences of prognostics. These sequences form close-knit units. The author has identified three such sequences of which the individual prognostics show strong thematic or structural coherence: α a series of lunaries with a birth prognostic; β texts on the Egyptian Days and Dog Days; and γ texts on the Egyptian Days and the miraculous birthdays.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon prognostics; fixed sequences; manuscript context; medical sections



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