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Anglo-Saxon Prognostics By R.M. Liuzza

Anglo-Saxon Prognostics by R.M. Liuzza

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Edition and translation of prognostic guides and calendars, intended as an effort to foretell the future.

Anglo-Saxon Prognostics Summary

Anglo-Saxon Prognostics: An Edition and Translation of Texts from London, British Library, MS Cotton Tiberius A.iii.: 9 by R.M. Liuzza

Winner of the Beatrice White Prize, 2013.

Medieval prognostic texts - a survival from the classical world - are the ancestors of modern almanacs; a means of predicting future events, they offer guidance on matters of everyday life, such as illness, childbirth, weather, agriculture, and the interpretation of dreams. They give fascinating insights into monastic life, medicine, pastoral care, the transformations of classical learning in the middle ages, and the complex interconnections between orthodox religion, popular belief, science and magic.
This volume provides the first full critical edition, with a facing-page translation, of a diverse and peculiar group of prognostic guides and calendars, in Latin and Old English, found in an eleventh-century manuscript from Christ Church, Canterbury; they are collated with related versions in both Anglo-Saxon and continental manuscripts. A lengthy introduction and commentary examine the transmission and translation of these texts, and shed light on their origins and uses in late Anglo-Saxon monastic culture.

ROY LIUZZA is Professor of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Anglo-Saxon Prognostics Reviews

A handsome and scholarly [volume] that will facilitate research into this fascinating corner of Anglo-Saxon learning. SPECULUM

Liuzza's edition is a major contribution, not only to the study of Anglo-Saxon prognostics themselves, but to our understanding of pre-Conquest intellectual culture more generally. [...] a significant scholarly achievement, one which will help open up for Anglo-Saxonists a new area of study. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

Table of Contents


Preface
List of Manuscripts Referred to by Sigla
Introduction
Note on Editorial Principles
Texts
Commentary
Glossary
Bibliography

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NPB9781843842552
9781843842552
1843842556
Anglo-Saxon Prognostics: An Edition and Translation of Texts from London, British Library, MS Cotton Tiberius A.iii.: 9 by R.M. Liuzza
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Boydell & Brewer Ltd
20110120
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