a reply to: Noinden
You may be correct, and whether it was a word list or dictionary (as it did define the words in it) is had single and two syllable words all of about
50 in total, they were not recognizable as English words, they seemed to be more Gaelic English than modern English. But the educated people of the
day knew how to pronounce them, what they were and what they meant.
If I am not mistaken, it was the simplicity of the English words is one of the reasons the of it being employed around the word as a trade language.
By the time of the death of King James I of England, English was used throughout the English Empire, where the sun never set. It was around 1580's
when English was being hailed as a replacement for the trade language of Latin, as Latin was difficult and virtually dead. I read some of the works of
Richard Mulcaster (1531-1611), he is known for penning some word lists and he did call them dictionaries from the 1560-1590's that's what he used in
his schools when teaching English grammar and etymology.
In 2007, I downloaded that dictionary from Gutenberg Society onto my church computer in the mission field, that computer is still there. I had
planned on going back into the mission field but do to my son's disability we gave up our desire to return, and are focusing on his needs and
educating my other two children as well. Been back for almost five years now.
Anyway, the list you typed out above (I assume that is a word list) does not look like the one I had downloaded. As I understand it Dictionaries
were used at the time of the AV. The one I had downloaded was said to be used by the Cambridge group, this group made up one of the three groups of
men who translated the AV Bible. One of the groups (if I remember correctly) was located in Westminster, one at Oxford and one at Cambridge. These
groups came together at certain times and exchanged their works with each other and the King.
Upon one of those occasions in 1605 Guy Fawkes, a Jesuit Preist and father of the Princess Elizabeth, was arrested in an attempt to blow up the
Parliament. If he had succeeded he would not only had destroyed the leadership of England but the translators and all the work they had done in
translating the Authorized Version. Some believed that part if not the main reason was his intent to destroy the work of the AV Translators, and with
the leadership all but gone, the Roman Catholic Church could step in and fill the void naming Elizabeth Queen.
Terry, it was not "His special book" or mine, it was something I had learned about while researching the translators of the AV bible. I found it on
Gutenberg Society online. If I had the copy with me I would just go ahead and post it, it wasn't but two pages long and very limited anyway.