Anglo-Saxon Prognostics, 900-1100 by Chardonnens, L.S.

By Chardonnens, L.S.

This booklet bargains an research of the prestige and serve as of the Anglo-Saxon prognostics of their manuscript context, a examine in their creation to and transmission in Anglo-Saxon England, and, for the 1st time, a entire version of prognostics in outdated English and Latin

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I do not know of any medieval calendars which incorporate the dates assigned in these prognostics, however. The unlucky days, a genre which shows some affinity with the twenty-four Egyptian Days though is not to be confused with the latter, uses dating by the age of the moon. 7 Wallis (1995: 106). The importance of the calendar and the Easter tables as two different ways of measuring time is discussed below. 8 See pp. 29-39 for more information on prognostics in the computus. 9 In this section I limit myself to an overview of prognostic material to illustrate the relevance of this context for the study of prognostics.

The Sphere in the medical volume Sloane 475 is an exception, but that may have to do with the origin of the texts (see pp. 42-43). 26 Wallis (1985; 1995: 122-27) made an outstanding analysis of the contents of this manuscript and the position of the texts. 23 TH E M ANU SC RIPT CONTEX T 31 copied because of its similarity to scientific diagrams: the Apuleian Sphere lacks both the explanatory text and the lists of letter and weekday values that usually accompany the diagram. 28 These indications seem to illustrate that there was, at this point in the manuscript, an interest in the Apuleian Sphere for the scientific guise of the diagram, rather than for its value as a prognostic.

59 Cockayne (1864-66). 60 This number does not take into account the variant texts in Cockayne’s collated editions because his collations are far from accurate. 76-77, 82-85, 144-47, 150-215, 224-25). 54 18 CHAPTER ONE Latin texts themselves. Skipping several prognostics in Tiberius A. iii, Cockayne presented the two curious birth prognostics and the same number of minor prognostics, viz. a brontology and a lunary. At first sight, it may seem strange that Cockayne favoured the weekday brontology and the illness lunary over the other prognostics in Tiberius A.

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