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This is introductory chapter of the book, which provides a full survey of the structure, aim and history in the descriptions. The descriptions focus on the Anglo-Saxon and early post-Conquest period. This chapter provides a thorough description of the prognostic genres and a reliable working edition, that is, an edition which is faithful to the texts as they appear in the manuscripts, but which is not burdened by exhaustive explanatory notes. It deals with introduction of the nature, purpose and origin of Apuleian Spheres. The chapter describes growth of the foetus in monthly stages. It claims that sequences of specific lunaries in manuscripts had been made to furnish an overview of the same range of predictions as in collective lunaries, but with better readability.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon manuscripts; Apuleian spheres; collective lunaries; old English texts; prognostic genres



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