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Page 58 - ... These vessels," Mr. Akerman remarks, "have been supposed to have been used to hold ale or mead at the Anglo-Saxon feasts, an opinion to which we cannot subscribe. It has been conjectured that the passage in Beowulf— byrelas sealdon cup-bearers gave win of wunder-fatum. wine from wondrous vats, alludes to them ; but it is difficult to conceive how the term " wondrous" could apply to utensils of this description, while the huge vats of the Germans are to this day the wonder of foreigners.
Page xlv - Urnes, deposited in a dry and sandy soil, not a yard deep, nor farre from one another : Not all strictly of one figure, but most answering these described : some containing two pounds of bones, distinguishable in skulls, ribs, jawes, thigh-bones, and teeth, with fresh impressions of their combustion.
Page 61 - CODEX EXONIENSIS. A Collection of Anglo-Saxon Poetry, from a MS. in the Library of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, with an English Translation and Notes, by BENJAMIN THORPE, FSA Royal 8vo.
Page xxiii - Is enim lucus tam sacer est gentilibus, ut singulae arbores eius ex morte vel tabo immolatorum divinae credantur. Ibi etiam canes et equi pendent cum hominibus, quorum corpora mixtim suspensa narravit mihi aliquis christianorum 72 vidisse.
Page xxvi - De sacrilegio ad sepulchra mortuorum. De sacrilegio super defunctos. id est dadsisas. De spurcalibus in februario.
Page xiv - In the cemeteries of Kent and Sussex inhumation appears to have been the almost exclusive practice. In Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, and Gloucestershire, the practice of inhumation and cremation would seem to have been contemporaneous, while in some, districts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Derbyshire cremation appears to have been the sole observance (Akerman).
Page xlv - ... farre from one another : Not all strictly of one figure, but most answering these described : some containing two pounds of bones, distinguishable in skulls, ribs, jawes, thigh-bones, and teeth, with fresh impressions of their combustion.
Page 52 - Si quis corpus defuncti hominis secundum ritum paganorum flamma consumi fecerit et ossa eius ad cinerem redierit, capitae punietur.
Page 58 - Saxon pott who wrote these lines, never imagined that he would be taken as intimating that every time the cup-bearers went round to pour liquor into the cups of the guests, each carried a duplicate of the great tun of Heidelberg in his hand. Mr. Akerman goes on to say : — " In a recent communication with which we have been favoured by the Abbe Cochet, he mentions the fact of his finding in the cemetery of Envermeu a bucket containing a glass cup, and hence concludes that the problem of the use...
Page 78 - A turf had been pared off for firing in the usual manner, leaving a smooth ' dished' surface, on the centre of which I saw a little heap of apparently brass waistcoat buttons lying mixed, but with the bright edges, just washed bare by the late rains. On picking them up, they proved to be these gold coins, and the two jewelled ornaments and chain. The coins must have been confined in a purse, though there was no trace of one left, as some of the stones set in the ornaments had fallen vOL.