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An Introduction to English Runes - R.I. Page

An Introduction to English Runes

By: R.I. Page


Published: 19th April 2003
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Runes are quite frequently mentioned in modern writings, usually imprecisely as a source of mystic knowledge, power or insight. This book sets the record straight. It shows runes working as a practical script for a variety of purposes in early English times, among both indigenous Anglo-Saxons and incoming Vikings. In a scholarly yet readable way it examines the introduction of the runic alphabet (the futhorc) to England in the fifth and sixth centuries, the forms and values of its letters, and the ways in which it developed, up until its decline at the end of the Anglo-Saxon period. It discusses how runes were used for informal and day-to-day purposes, on formal monuments, as decorative letters in prestigious manuscripts, for owners' or makers' names on everyday objects, perhaps even in private letters. For the first time, the book presents, together with earlier finds, the many runic objects discovered over the last twenty years, with a range of inscriptions on bone, metal and stone, even including tourists' scratched signatures found on the pilgrimage routes through Italy. It gives an idea of the immense range of information on language and social history contained in these unique documents. R.I. PAGE is former Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Cambridge.

Remains the only book-length study providing a comprehensive and scholarly guide to the Anglo-Saxon use of runes. The new edition has been substantially updated and expanded...No serious library of Anglo-Saxon studies should be without it. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY (John Hines)

List of figures
Runes and runestersp. 1
When and wherep. 16
The Anglo-Saxon runic lettersp. 38
Condition, preservation and recordp. 49
Runica manuscripta and the rune-namesp. 60
The divided futhorc and runic codesp. 80
Runic or rune-likep. 89
How to use runesp. 96
Runic coinsp. 117
Rune-stonesp. 130
Runes elsewherep. 157
More manuscript runesp. 186
Anglo-Saxon and Vikingp. 200
Runic and romanp. 212
The study of runesp. 226
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexesp. 241
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ISBN: 9780851159461
ISBN-10: 085115946X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 19th April 2003
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition