Byrhtferth's Enchiridion

Byrhtferth's Enchiridion

by Peter Baker
     
 


Byrthfert of Ramsey was one of the outstanding scholars produced by the late Anglo-Saxon church; in the year 1011 he completed his principle work, the Enchiridion, a handbook designed to explain the complexities of medieval date-reckoning--called computus. Never before adequately edited, this new edition illuminates our knowledge of scientific scholarship…  See more details below

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Byrthfert of Ramsey was one of the outstanding scholars produced by the late Anglo-Saxon church; in the year 1011 he completed his principle work, the Enchiridion, a handbook designed to explain the complexities of medieval date-reckoning--called computus. Never before adequately edited, this new edition illuminates our knowledge of scientific scholarship in the eleventh century. The text is accompanied by a full introduction, apparatus criticus, facing English translation, and detailed commentary. Also included is an appendix containing the Latin computus which the Enchiridion was designed to elucidate and glossaries of the Old English and difficult Latin words occurring in the Enchiridion itself.

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"...this book is a very welcome contribution to the literature, making a subject with a reputation for obscurity or tedium quite accessible and presenting a most interesting example of an important stage in the history of computus."--Isis

"This edition is a goldmine of data on later Anglo-Saxon language and monastic culture and provides a range of useful checks against our mostly AElfirc-dominated view of what it meant to be a teacher and stylist in the Benedictine reform."--Envoi

"This work of heroic erudition, replacing Samuel Crawford's 1929 edition, has been worth the wait....this edition will surely become and remain a standard source for information on Anglo-Saxon numeracy."--Speculum-A Journal of Medieval Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780197224168
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
01/20/2001
Series:
Early English Text Society Supplementary Series, #15
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.85(h) x 2.08(d)

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