Anglo-Saxon Prognostics, 900-1100

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Recent scholarship on the Anglo-Saxon prognostics has tried to place these texts within the realm of folklore and medicine, inspired largely by studies and editions from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By analysing prognostic material in its manuscript context, this book offers a novel approach to the status and purpose of prognostic texts in the early Middle Ages with particular attention to the Anglo-Saxon tradition. From this perspective, it emerges that prognostication in Anglo-Saxon England was not folkloric but a scholarly pursuit by monks not primarily interested in the medical aspects of prognostication. In addition, this book offers, for the first time, a comprehensive edition of prognostics in Old English and Latin from Anglo-Saxon and early post-Conquest manuscripts.

Brill's Texts and Sources in Intellectual History, vol. 3

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László Sándor Chardonnens, Ph.D. (2006) in English, Leiden University, is lecturer at Radboud University Nijmegen. He has published on prognostics and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.
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1.. Prognostics Defined
2. The Manuscript Context
3. Language, Date and Place of Origin of English Manuscripts Containing Prognostics
4. Superstition and Prognostication
5. Intended Use of Prognostic Texts


Introductions to the Texts
Edition of the Texts
Alphabet Prognostic
Apuleian Sphere
Birth Prognostics
Bloodletting Prognostic, Day of the Week
Dog Days
Egyptian Days
Month Prognosis
Moon Colour
Sortes Sanctorum
Sunshine Prognostic
Unlucky Days
Wind Prognostic
Year Prognosis

Appendix I. Handlist of Prognostics in English Manuscripts of the Ninth to Twelfth Centuries
Appendix II. Reference List
Appendix III. Concordance to Anglo-Saxon Prognostics
Appendix IV. Values, Dates, Composition

Index of Names
Index of Subjects
All those interested in intellectual history, the history of superstition, time-reckoning, prognostication and medicine in the Middle Ages, Anglo-Saxon manuscript studies
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