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The Tremulous Hand of Worcester: A Study of Old English in the Thirteenth Century

Christine Franzen


The shaky handwriting of the 13th-century scribe known as ‘the tremulous hand of Worcester’ appears in at least twenty manuscripts dating from the late 9th to the 12th century, glossing perhaps 50,000 Old English words, sometimes into Middle English, but much more often into Latin. This book examines the full range of the scribe's work and addresses some important questions, such as which of the Worcester glosses may be attributed to him, why he glossed the words he did, what the purpose of the glossing may have been, and how well he knew or came to know Old English. It argues that the scribe ... More

Keywords: Old English, Middle English, Latin, Worcester glosses, scribe, 13th century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117421
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117421.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Franzen, author
Victoria University of Wellington