The Beauties of the Year

The beginning of another year provides Eleanor Parker with an opportunity to reflect on a meditation on time that combines exquisite Old English poetry with early medieval science.  

Cutting and loading wood: from an Anglo-Saxon calendar page for July, 11th centuryThe beginning of a new year prompts reflections on time. Early medieval historians and scholars were fascinated by the calculation of time and one of the most attractive insights into how they understood it is an Old English poem which survives in one of the manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

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