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New light on literacy in eighth-century East Anglia: a runic inscription from Baconsthorpe, Norfolk

Hines, John Alan 2011. New light on literacy in eighth-century East Anglia: a runic inscription from Baconsthorpe, Norfolk. Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 129 (3-4) , pp. 281-296. 10.1515/angl.2011.039

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Abstract

An object inscribed with Anglo-Saxon runes recently found in East Anglia is tentatively identified as an artefact associated with the use of manuscripts: a page-holder or page-turner. The well-formed and elegant inscription allows us to identify a hitherto unrecognized runic graph in the Anglo-Saxon tradition as well as a previously unrecorded inflected form of the Old English verb cunnan. The find constitutes rich and special evidence of the development of a literate culture in Anglo-Saxon England, and in particular of the relationship between runic and Roman literacy in the later eighth century.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
P Language and Literature > PE English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anglo-Saxon runology; lexicology
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISSN: 0340-5222
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:02
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/31503

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