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By R. D. Fulk

In A historical past of previous English Meter, R. D. Fulk deals a wide-ranging reference on Anglo-Saxon meter. Fulk examines the facts for chronological and nearby version within the meter of outdated English verse, learning such linguistic variables because the therapy of West Germanic parasite vowels, gotten smaller vowels, and brief syllables below secondary and tertiary rigidity, in addition to quite a few meant dialect gains. Fulk's learn of such variables issues how one can a revised realizing of the function of syllable size within the building of early Germanic meters and furnishes standards for distinguishing dialectal from poetic gains within the language of the most important previous English poetic codices. in this foundation, it really is attainable to attract conclusions concerning the possible dialect origins of a lot verse, to delineate the features of at the very least 4 discrete classes within the improvement of previous English meter, and with a few chance to assign to them some of the longer poems, reminiscent of Genesis A, Beowulf, and the works of Cynewulf.

A background of outdated English Meter could be of curiosity to students of Anglo-Saxon, historians of the English language, Germanic philologists, and historic linguists.

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But many of them, if they even venture into some historical speculations,69 draw their information from the one and only major investigation into this mysterious topic, Eric John Dingwall’s The Girdle of Chastity (1923). Dingwall illustrated his monograph, just as earlier and contemporary scholars did, with photos of chastity belts held in various museums. 70 A critical examination of Dingwall’s findings and a careful evaluation of his conclusions seems to be the natural starting point for any serious discussion of the chastity belt whether it might have been a myth or a concrete object that had been used in the past by jealous husbands.

D. cherch. , 1901, xliv, 429—I could neither verify the author’s name nor the book title—who had claimed that many museums in France had specimens on display, but Dingwall could not confirm this at all. As to Rennes, for example, he emphasizes: “I cannot find any trace of a girdle of chastity in the pages of the museum catalogue” (72). According to Boissieu, there were 200 such objects, but only two from the time prior to the Renaissance. Dingwall’s comment reveals the crux of his own research: “personally I know of no single specimen which can be dated with any degree of certainty as earlier than this” (73).

But since there is so little information available to confirm the existence of chastity belts in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Dingwall extensively culls data from general reference works, and so easily closes the hermeneutic circle without any further need to corroborate his historical conclusions. In light of the contradictory statements, or lack of any reference to this girdle in later travelogues dealing with Venice, the author reaches HISTORY OF MYTH-MAKING 39 the significant conclusion: “From the above remarks it will be seen that the Carrara legend (my emphasis) has persisted down the centuries, and how there does not seem to have been any good evidence to support it.

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