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Language, date and place of origin of english manuscripts containing prognostics

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This chapter analyses the study of the language of the prognostics and the date and place of origin of the (parts of) manuscripts containing the texts based on the exact size of the text corpus: thirty-seven (composite) manuscripts, segments and fragments, containing 174 prognostics in all. It illustrates how the language of the context influences the language of the prognostics. The chapter gives an overview of the localities responsible for the dissemination of prognostics in Anglo-Saxon England and of the time when this took place. It concerns itself with (parts of) manuscripts, and, therefore, deals with the number of manuscript sections containing prognostics, not the total number of prognostics contained in the sections. The chapter focuses on the influence of the Benedictine Reform on the dissemination of Anglo-Saxon prognostics. It concentrates on some key issues in the transmission of Anglo-Saxon prognostics: the language, place of origin and date.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon prognostics; Benedictine reform; English manuscripts; language; manuscripts origin place



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