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Intended Use Of Prognostic texts

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This chapter discusses some of the uses prognostics may have had in Anglo-Saxon England. It distinguishes between actual use (signs of use of the physical text) and theoretical use (indications of possible use revealed by the contextual setting and type of prognostic), and between text-internal and contextual implications, and the opinions of scholarship. The chapter mainly focuses on three main areas: signs of use, function and context, and shape and context. It tries to discover how the context may throw light upon the intended use of prognostics. The chapter deals with the prognostics and their contexts, before providing an overview of the opinions of scholarship on the medical status of prognostics. It attempts to elucidate the intended use of the Anglo-Saxon prognostics on the basis of three criteria: actual signs of consultation; relationship between function and context, and shape and context.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon England; consulation signs; medical context; prognostic texts



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