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 introductio...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published May 18th 2006 by Boydell & Brewer (first published November 1st 1999)
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Joseph F.
This may be called an introduction, but Wow! what an introduction. By the time you finish this book you will feel that you obtained a degree in the subject. Beware however, for those only marginally interested in this subject you will be bored. Runologists not only have to know the runes, but have to know Old English, English usage and phonetics. So you will come across a lot of terms such as spirants, participles, veral stops and many other terms I had to stop and Google! The author assumes the...more
On a visit to the Jorvic Centre I spotted this in the shop there - how could I not buy it? Such an obscure subject I thought...

And I was surprised to discover how obscure. There is not much in the way of English (e.g. Anglo-Saxon) writing out there that has survived (unlike Scandinavian runes) and it vanished completely from use after the Norman conquests.

To be fair, I didn't realise that there was any form of literacy outside of the Latin church in England during Anglo-Saxon times, and indeed t...more
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