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The spelling is variable and has been thought to include archaistic elements (Stanley 1969: 23-28).
76) Lazamon himself appeals to this archival ideal of history in a number of ways -- in his claim to a complex lineage of sources; in his occasionally pedantic exactitude about names, places and relationships; and in the apparently archaistic features of his style and vocabulary.
If my view that the I layer is anterior to II is correct (and the tendency of the Minor Poems added in X to side with II rather than I perhaps supports it), we find in the later thirteenth century our texts meeting a somewhat conservative orthographic influence, and then being reproduced by a literatim copyist with a "professional" (9) hand (and appended to an archaistic copy of Lazamon's antiquarian Brut).