Virgin, Virginity and Maiden in Old English
by Kenichi Tamoto (9783639164831)

Virgin, Virginity and Maiden in Old English
Kenichi Tamoto
Release Date: 01 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 692
Category: Foreign Language Study
Publisher: VDM Verlag
ISBN: 9783639164831
ISBN-10: 3639164830

The present work contains etymological and semasiological researches into the terms for Latin virgo, virginitas and puella which were employed by the glossators of the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Rushworth Gospels, and by the translator of the OE Gospels. The OE words used to express those concepts in those glosses and translation are hehstald, hehstaldhad, hehstaltnisse, faemne, faemnhad, and maeden. By a profound study of all the relevant instances registered in the MCOE, and by comparing terminological features in the Anglo-Saxon Gospels with those in other texts, the following conclusions are drawn. It seems that choice of words as the terms for those concepts is a matter of an "individual" or a "school," as well as that of dialect. Aldred, the glossator of the Lindisfarne MS, was responsible for the sense "virgin" of the word hehstald. He drew a sharp distinction between hestald (for virgo) and maeden (for puella). Farman, one of the glossators of the Rushworth MS chose faemne for virgo. The translator of the OE Gospels used faemne as the term for virgo, and maeden for puella. He is also unique in his terminological consistency.

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