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“Albertus Magnus and the Queen of the Elves: A 15th-Century English Verse Dialogue on Alchemy”. Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 122 (4): 640-662.
In this he provides the background and his transcription of this short Middle English verse.
I found one section of the article particularly interesting. Peter Grund must have puzzled long over some strange words Atyscam, Retelas, and so on. He must have had a sudden inspiration and realised that these were, in fact, in code. The word had to be read backwards and the third and fifth letters had then to be supplied.
atyscam => marcasyta
retelas => sallpeter
erupus => sulphur
There were also some other similar coding schemes
sugasigi => ignis magnus
(here the third, sixth and ninth letters had to be supplied.
It is amazing that he spotted this, and I wonder if such codes could have been used in other early manuscripts.
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