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Hi Alan. Sorry for the slow reply. Here is some more info from our manuscripts team: "You are correct that Roman calendars had weeks of 8 days, sometimes reckoned as nine days (or ‘nundium’: see https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=mcUyAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA88&dq=roman+calendar+eight+days&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQg-S28cfKAhXMchQKHdo5AdYQ6AEIMzAE#v=onepage&q=roman%20calendar%20eight%20days&f=false). However, this had been replaced by a ‘planetary’/ seven day week by the 4th century, and Jews and Christians especially observed a seven-day week. As far as I know, Anglo-Saxons also observed a seven day week: in fact, modern English names for days of the week come from the Old English names (sunnandæg, monandæg, tiwesdæg, wodnesdæg, þunresdæg, frigedæg, sæterndæg). The week as a period of seven days is discussed by the Anglo-Saxon writer Bede in his work on The Reckoning of Time (translated here: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=yFsw-Vaup6sC&printsec=frontcover&dq=bede+the+reckoning+of+time&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjS_pjF9cfKAhUJthQKHc9YDAUQ6AEIMDAA#v=onepage&q=week&f=false p. 32), although Bede was willing to extend his definition of ‘Scriptural weeks’ to explain certain Biblical miracles. Bald’s Leechbook definitely drew on Late Antique and classical sources, however, particularly the 6th-century Greek physician Alexander of Tralles. The researchers at Nottingham may be able to offer a fuller explanation."
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2016 on A Medieval Medical Marvel at Science blog
Thank you for your comment. You are correct. The image of the letter in this blog is of the letter dated10th July 1843. We have amended this caption and will amend the caption on our treasures page.
Thanks for pointing that out Andrew. We've just updated the link.
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