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An Introduction to English Runes

£9.99

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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.

There is very slight shelf wear and bumping to the covers. Inside the pages are clean and the binding is firm.

Item details

Author(s):
Page, R.I.
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
9" by 6"
Edition:
Second, 1999
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
085115946X
ISBN-13:
9780851159461
Number of pages:
249
Publisher:
Boydell
Title:
An Introduction to English Runes

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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.

There is very slight shelf wear and bumping to the covers. Inside the pages are clean and the binding is firm.

Author(s):
Page, R.I.
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
9" by 6"
Edition:
Second, 1999
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
085115946X
ISBN-13:
9780851159461
Number of pages:
249
Publisher:
Boydell
Title:
An Introduction to English Runes

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