An Introduction to English Runes
by R.I. Page
Editor: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
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Runes are fairly frequently mentioned in modern writings, generally well expressed as a source of mystical knowledge, power or insight.This book defines straight recordingIt shows runes working as a practical script for a variety of uses in early English times, among the native Anglo-Saxon and incoming Vikings.In a scholarly medium still readable, he examines the introduction of the runic alphabet (the futhorc) in England in the fifth and sixth centuries, the forms and values of its letters and the ways in which it developed, until its decline at the end of the Anglo-Saxon period.It examines how runes served informal and everyday purposes, on official monuments, decorative letters in prestigious manuscripts, for the names of owners or decision makers on everyday objects, perhaps even in private letters.For the first time, the book presents, with earlier evidence, the many runic objects discovered over the last twenty years, with a range of inscriptions on OS, metal and Pierre, including even the scratched signatures of tourists find on pilgrimage routes across Italy.This gives an idea of the vast array of information on language and social history contained in these unique documents.The End of R PAGEIwas a former professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge University.
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