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By Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe

This quantity provides a semi-diplomatic variation of the textual content of MS C (London, British Library Cotton, Tiberius B.i). frequently often called `the Abingdon Chronicle', it was once considerably copied within the mid-eleventh century and persisted to be so sporadically thereafter; the complement to its abrupt finishing by way of a twelfth-century reader means that it used to be nonetheless of curiosity within the interval after the Conquest. The C-text is a crucial resource of knowledge for the reign of Edward the Confessor, and it brings a different political point of view to the ascendency of Godwine and his sons.The conventional organization of the textual content, manuscript or either with the reformed monastery of Abingdon has been a major characteristic of the present figuring out of the interrelationships one of the a number of texts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. the current variation examines some of the arguments for associating the C-text with Abingdon and the problems inherent in those arguments. It brings to endure facts from the palaeography and codicology of the manuscript in addition to textual content ancient and linguistic proof. The advent to the textual content considers the several strands composing the C-text, and the shut relationships of this article to MSS B, D, and E, and the amount is finished with indices of individuals, peoples and locations.

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In the case of castration, the high wergild applied may even reflect a loss of gender identity. Nevertheless, impairment is only one of the conditions that disable people in medieval societies. Just as today, the greatest problem is a loss of earning capacity. Poverty is disabling, as is gender. The depictions of the female body as being in need of restraint through paralysis, although few in number, indicate that the female body is different and requires immobilization, which allows the female mind to operate better.

This wealth of terminology indicates that fine distinctions were made between varying conditions. In a study of terms for paralysis, Lisa Bezzo has shown that some adjectives, such as lama, unfere, and feþeleas – which literally means “without the power to walk” – occur in poetry, but that other words, such as lyftadl, occur in the context of medicine, such as Bald’s Leechbook, or in historiography, such as the Old English translation of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History (442–444). Bald’s Leechbook uses the cognate halfdeade adl (“the half-dead disease”), which according to Cameron is hemiplegia (16).

Poverty is disabling, as is gender. The depictions of the female body as being in need of restraint through paralysis, although few in number, indicate that the female body is different and requires immobilization, which allows the female mind to operate better. Modern disability scholars have taken issue with concepts of “normality” for body and mind (Shakespeare 72), but for Anglo-Saxon writers the human form has no prescribed norm: it is at the same time sublime (because it is made in the image of God) as well as defective (since it is made mortal and frail through the Fall of Man).

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