Teachable Features 6: Holes and Damage, MS Laud Misc. 237

Michael Angerer explains different kinds of holes in a single manuscript. Michael is an undergraduate reading English and French at Oriel College, Oxford, with a particular interest in medieval literatures and issues of medieval translation. He is about to start his fourth and final year, having spent his year abroad studying at the École Normale …

Trimming and Compilation, MS. CUL, Dd.10.44 (Joint Blog Post/ Teachable Features 5)

Hope Doherty explains what the trimming in CUL MS Dd.10.44 can tell us about the way it was put together as a codex. Hope is in the first year of a PhD in Medieval English Literature at Durham University, focusing her research on the interaction between theology and mental illness in Marian writing. She completed …

Reading a Manuscript Description (Joint Blog Post/ Teachable Features 3)

Dr Matthew Holford, Curator of the Medieval Manuscripts Cataloguing Project at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, explains the intricacies of catalogue descriptions of manuscripts. This post features both in our blog and our Teachable Features series.  It is easy to forget that manuscript descriptions can be hard to understand. Once you are familiar with the …

Teachable Features 2: Pricking and Ruling, MS. e Musaeo 54

Sian Witherden explains the ruling in MS. e Musaeo 54. Sian is in the second year of a DPhil in English, at Balliol College, Oxford.   Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. e Musaeo 54 is a parchment manuscript dating from the first quarter of the fifteenth century, which contains a version of Chaucer’s Treatise on the …