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Aelfwine's Prayerbook B.L. Cotton Titus D.xxvi + xxvii

Aelfwine's Prayerbook B.L. Cotton Titus D.xxvi + xxvii

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Hardback

£30.00

Publisher: Henry Bradshaw Society
ISBN: 9781870252041
Number of Pages: 248
Published: 23/12/1993
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
A new edition of the important private prayerbook which now survives as two manuscripts in the British Library (Cotton Titus D.xxvi + xxvii) and which was compiled by a number of scribes during the 1030s for the personal use of AElfwine, abbot of the New Minster, Winchester (1031-57). The book is thus a valuable witness to the intellectual interests of an important abbot of the later Anglo-Saxon period. It contains liturgical texts such as a collectar, various private prayers, and also a number of scientific texts used by AElfwine for calculating the dates of movable feasts, rising and settings of the moon and optimal days for blood-letting. Also included are several texts to be usedin the interpretation of dreams and a number of Anglo-Saxon illustrations. The introduction provides an analysis of how all the texts were to be used as well as a discussion of the liturgical BEATE GUEZEL completed her doctoral studies at Munich under the direction of Professor Helmut Gneuss; she is currently teaching in Bavaria.

Beate Gunzel

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