spell-bōc, f.n: a book of homilies. [SPELL-BOK]

For this week’s Wordhord Wednesday post, take a closer look at this Anglo-Saxon manuscript. Read my post on Patreon.

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A much damaged folio from a book of Old English homilies, including the first series of Ælfric’s Catholic Homilies. England (south-east? south-west?), fourth quarter of the 10th century to first half of the 11th century. British Library, Cotton MS Vitellius C V, fol. 5v. [bl.uk]


salu-brūn, adj: dark-brown. [SA-loo-BROON]

This week’s Wordhord Wednesday is on the ring-taking, spiritual pilgrims, and an Old English poem known as The Seafarer. Read it on Patreon.


An image in dark-brown of the devil and cat worshippers kissing a cat’s rear end. Jean Tinctor, Traittié du crisme de vauderie (Sermo contra sectam vaudensium). Bruges, c. 1470-1480. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 961, fol. 1r. [discardingimages.tumblr.com]