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Alphabetizing the Nation: Medieval British Origins in Thomas Elyot's Dictionary. / Bernau, Anke.

In: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Vol. 47, No. 2, 05.2017, p. 305-26.

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Bernau, A 2017, 'Alphabetizing the Nation: Medieval British Origins in Thomas Elyot's Dictionary', Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 305-26.

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Bernau A. Alphabetizing the Nation: Medieval British Origins in Thomas Elyot's Dictionary. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 2017 May;47(2):305-26.

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Bernau, Anke. / Alphabetizing the Nation: Medieval British Origins in Thomas Elyot's Dictionary. In: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 2017 ; Vol. 47, No. 2. pp. 305-26.

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