Friday, 6 November 2009

Saxon phrase of the day #1: the price of things

There wasn't time for a whole lesson today, so here's a quick phrase for the intrepid time-traveller.

Have you ever wondered how much things cost in the ninth-century? Well...

'Ox horn is worth ten pennies' - Oxan horn bið tien pæninga weorð [Ox-an horrn bith tee-en pen-ing-a way-orth]

There. Now you know.

(for other interesting facts, check out the Laws of Alfred and Ine: http://www8.georgetown.edu/departments/medieval/labyrinth/library/oe/texts/prose/laws.html#cap102)

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