The letter of Macarius, therefore, if a forgery, must be a very early one.'
There is absolutely no motive for a forgery in the contents of the epistle.
The suspicion of some earlier scholars that the Praefatio and the Versus might be a modern forgery is refuted by the occurrence of the word vitteas, which is the Old Saxon fittea, corresponding to the Old English fitt, which means a "canto" of a poem.
In his Die romische Frage (1881) he had placed the forgery in 805 or 806.
A few days later Nuncomar was thrown into prison on a charge of forgery preferred by a private prosecutor, tried before the supreme court sitting in bar, found guilty by a jury of Englishmen and sentenced to be hanged.