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Title: Have there ever been any manuscripts in foreign languages been found in the UK?
Post by: Cosmos on 23 June, 2018, 02:04:55 AM
I'm thinking of something other than Anglo-Saxon or Celtic languages . Anything in Old Norse (in any of its dialects) for example?
Title: Re: Have there ever been any manuscripts in foreign languages been found in the UK?
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 23 June, 2018, 09:04:50 AM
I'm thinking of something other than Anglo-Saxon or Celtic languages . Anything in Old Norse (in any of its dialects) for example?

The following website...

http://sciencenordic.com/what-can-linguistics-tell-us-about-vikings-England

says that...

"Evidence for Old Norse in Viking Age England is found in nineteen inscriptions of Scandinavian runes from England. Half of these are short Old Norse texts that can tell us about the contexts in which Old Norse was used—but unfortunately they can’t tell us how many people spoke Old Norse in Viking Age England."

And that's about all it says, although the website does go on at length about the influence of Old Norse on English etc.

The British Museum has some early Scandinavian manuscripts from around the period of King Cnut and his wife Ælfgifu such as the Minster Liber Vitae - shown at http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2014/03/the-vikings-and-the-british-library.html

Also googling Stowe MS 944 or clicking on https://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/record.asp?MSID=94...944 should bring you digitised versions of an early Scandinavian manuscript or three.

These websites might be well worth a look Cosmos.