dominical letter


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dominical letter

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity any one of the letters A to G as used to denote Sundays in a given year in order to determine the church calendar
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The left-hand margin shows the years, from Christ's conception in 1 to 1180, for the Winchcombe chronicle, all of them rubricated, and the right-hand margin shows the first seven letters in the alphabet, dominical letters, with an uncial script.
Schofield may have had it in mind when he revised Madden's argument to one of stylistic similarity, claiming that 'the golden numbers and dominical letters are so alike in the two manuscripts that they must be contemporary'.(6) This stylistic similarity to the Vespasian calendar provides what basis there is for the prevailing dating for the Harley Calendar of 1240-65, but it is at best an imprecise indicator.

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