ÆLFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN

Side view: +ÆLFREDM

Side view: +ÆLFREDM

The Old English wording on the side of the Jewel is clear: Ælfred mec heht gewyrcan –  ‘Alfred ordered me to be made’, or ‘Alfred had me made’: both translations are found, though the first is more correct. Is HEHT understood as being part of the verb ‘to have’/habeo/haben &c? It derives, in fact, from Old Saxon hētan, cognate with modern German heissen,  both of which mean,  transitively, ‘to command, order’.

Showing EWYRCAN - with elaborate Y

Showing EWYRCAN – with elaborate Y

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