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Aelsinuslocked

(fl. c. 1023–c. 1031)
  • Richard Gameson

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Aelsinus (fl.c. 1023–c. 1031), Benedictine monk and scribe of New Minster, Winchester, is known only because, unusually, he identified himself in one of his own productions. In a cryptic colophon in British Library, MS Cotton Titus D.xxvii, fol. 13v, he used the common code of replacing every vowel with the consonant that follows it. Decoded, the first section of the note reads: 'Frater humillimus et monachus ...

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