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The Historical Context of the Extant Manuscript
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11th-century alliteration altered Anglian Anglo-Saxon appears argument assume beginning Beowulf Catalogue century copied corrections Cotton Vitellius count course damage dialect distinct dittograph doubt early edition editors emendation entire erased erasure error evidence example exemplar explain extant fact fire fitt foliation folios forms Förster four gathering hair hand Judith fragment Klaeber late later leaf leaves letters light linguistic literary lost Malone means Mercian mistake natural noted Nowell Codex numbers occurs Old English once original paleographical palimpsest perhaps poem poet poetic possible preserved probably proofreading prose quire reading reason recto restoration revision rulings says scholars scribal script second scribe seems seen sense separate sheet shows side signatures single Southwick spelling suggests surely theory Thorkelin traces transcript transmission vellum writing written wrote Zupitza