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Caedmon Manuscript

OLD ENGLISH HAS A SERIOUS IMAGE PROBLEM

“Old English,” also termed “Anglo-Saxon,” was and is simply the form of the English language that predates the Norman Conquest of 1066. The first line of the earliest poem in Old English, a prayer called “Cædmon’s Hymn,” largely unfamiliar to modern English speakers, offers a taste of this forgotten language: Nu sculon herigean heofonrices weard […]

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Harley MS 76 fol. 13r. British Library

The Alphabet and the Characters in the Early Middle Ages

In order to appreciate the shift from handwriting to printing, you need to carefully examine how the manuscript characters developed and were used. The learning and use of the characters were a formal process requiring a lot of training and discipline in order to produce a writing in a specific style. The western European languages […]

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The Germans: Latin influences

The first and most ancient contacts between Latins and Germans date back roughly to the period from the first to the fourth century. a. C., that is, during the time of Caesar and Augustus. They began at first as a result of trade contacts between the two peoples and then spread to many aspects of civilization. […]

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Harley MS 76 fol. 13r. British Library

L’alfabeto e i caratteri del primo Medioevo

Per poter apprezzare le modalità del passaggio dalla scrittura manuale alla stampa, occorre esaminare attentamente come si svilupparono e utilizzarono i caratteri dei manoscritti. L’apprendimento e l’uso dei caratteri costituiva un processo formale che necessitava molto addestramento e disciplina per poter produrre una scrittura in uno stile specifico. Le lingue europee occidentali derivano il loro […]

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Old English

Leggere una pagina di letteratura in Old English oggi non è semplice, in assenza di un certo studio di questa lingua. Appare da subito evidente che si tratta di una lingua profondamente diversa dall’inglese moderno, sia per quanto riguarda l’ortografia, la pronuncia, il vocabolario e la grammatica. L’Old English era una lingua non era interamente uniforme, […]

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