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Anglo-Saxon Discussion / Re: Intriguing AngloSaxon personal names in the landscape
« Last post by Mearcstepa on January 15, 2020, 04:33:07 PM »
thats interesting I did know about old Penda's name being unusual for the Germanic language because of the P and so likely not to be a Germanic name. There's a few P names broadly around my part of the land like Pegglesworth and Paxford up on the Cotswolds, and closer by Paganhill and the lost field name Pidgemore. Near to Bristol is Patchway. I wonder what loan word/words were being used in such P names and if they show borrowing of names from the existent Brittonic population in the region or were they borrowed earlier when Germanic menfolk were fighting as mercenaries in the Roman Empire?
Anglo-Saxon Discussion / Re: Intriguing AngloSaxon personal names in the landscape
« Last post by David on January 15, 2020, 12:38:05 PM »
In Germanic p > f according to Grimm’s Law. Therefore initial p is uncommon in Old English and usually indicates a loanword from a non-Germanic language, particularly Latin.
Anglo-Saxon Discussion / Intriguing AngloSaxon personal names in the landscape
« Last post by Mearcstepa on January 15, 2020, 11:09:36 AM »
I spend a lot of time pouring over place names in the Gloucestershire edition of the English Place Name Society series of books in my library. What I find particularly interesting among many other interesting things about A-S placenames is the great variety of personal names. There is a group of names beginning with 'P' which are intriguing, like 'Peota' 'Peoda' 'Pefe' 'Pyddi' , and then there's the 'Bacga' names that have given the modern 'Badge' name in the villages of Badgeworth and Bagendon. No meaning is known for these names as far as the English Place Name Society knows, or perhaps there is some obscure academic work somewhere that has tried to glean some meaning from the more obscure (at least to us) A-S personal names? I just thought I'd put this here because there a lot of A-S personal names captured in placenames that are not known from other sources. Could they be names of unknown local deities, or personal names derived from unknown local deities? Among my favourite A-S personal names is the one from nearby Uley, Owlpen, which is apparently Olla's Pen or fenced in ground.
General Discussion / Re: The Bayeux Tapestry
« Last post by Phyllis on January 04, 2020, 12:14:17 PM »
It seems agreed it was commissioned by Odo, who was Norman, but I am interested in the potentially subversive content.

For example, Harold is called "Rex" throughout (as opposed to being only called "Duke" by the Normans generally) while William is "Dux". It also states "they" gave him the crown ie the Witan, which again reinforces his claim to the throne - not a popular Norman notion.

The scenes where text is left out are also important - and probably deliberate. For example, the discussion between Harold and Edward, adn between Harold and William. You read what you want into it, so a Norman reading could be different from and English one!

There are other examples too!
General Discussion / Re: Looking for Documents
« Last post by Phyllis on January 04, 2020, 12:09:23 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Wiðowinde 192
« Last post by Phyllis on January 04, 2020, 12:08:16 PM »
or just change your gender - might be simpler!
« Last post by David on December 31, 2019, 08:46:49 AM »
As you put up our 2020 calendar on the wall you might want to note down a change in date. After the calendars were printed the government changed the date of the early May Bank Holiday from Monday May 4th to Friday May 8th.

If you are still wanting a calendar, we have a handful left. However, email Jenny Ashby or myself before ordering to check that we still have one left.

If you have a suitable image, memorable date or any suggestions for the 2021 calendar do get in touch with me.
General Discussion / Re: Wiðowinde 192
« Last post by Eanflaed on December 29, 2019, 06:29:56 PM »
Thank you David for your kind comments. I’m trying to be “Bocestre” but I keep missing mentions of “bocere” on the templates! I’ll get there in the end!
General Discussion / Wiðowinde 192
« Last post by David on December 29, 2019, 02:48:32 PM »
I have not read much of the latest issue but it looks as though it is up to the high standard we expect. However, I am very pleased that this issue arrived in good time and has sorted out the lay out problems we had in the previous two issues. I hope there will be some colourful images in the next issue.

I see that Jenny Ashby’s title has changed from “Efenbōcestre” to “Bōcere”. Was that deliberate?
General Discussion / AS in Coventry area
« Last post by Blackdragon on December 25, 2019, 12:41:34 PM »
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