Guide to Scripts Used in English Writings up to 1500

BookGuide to Scripts Used in English Writings up to 1500

Guide to Scripts Used in English Writings up to 1500

Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

2015

December 14th, 2015

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The resurgence of interest in the history of the English language has prompted this indispensable introductory guide to the scripts used in Old and Middle English writing. The best way to gain a sense of changes in scripts across time is through visual examples. The reader is introduced gradually to vocabulary suitable for the description of script through a range of plates, for example, Caedmon’s Hymn (the earliest extant English poem); the opening of an Exeter Book poem; the Lindisfarne Gospels; the opening page of King Alfred’s first translation; an illustrated version of the story of Abraham and Isaac; passages from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle; early (Laȝamon) and late tellings of the story of Arthur (Malory); contrasting manuscripts of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde; Langland; York plays. Each plate is reproduced full size where possible, accompanied by a full transcript, commentary and notes.

About The Author

Jane Roberts is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Medieval Literature in the University of London, where she is a Senior Research Fellow in the institute of English Studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Contents 6
Some symbols used and other miscellaneous information14
Acknowledgements16
I General introduction18
Intention 18
Overview of the period 18
Preserving the past 22
The naming of scripts 23
Organization 24
A note on the transcriptions 25
A note on abbreviations 26
Coloured plates section 30
C130
C2 31
C3 32
C433
C5 34
C6 35
C7 36
C8 37
II Insular background38
London, British Library, Cotton MS Nero D. iv, f. 211r 42
1 St Petersburg, National Library of Russia MS. lat. Q. v. I. 18, f. 107r43
London, British Library, Royal MS 4 A. xiv, f. 107v 46
2a London, British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian A. i, f. 93v 47
London, British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian A. i, f. 30v50
2b London, British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian A. i, f. 141v51
3 Stockholm, Kungliga Biblioteket, MS A. 135, f 11r 53
London, British Museum, Franks Casket56
4 Cambridge, University Library, MS Ll.1.10, f. 2r57
5 London, British Library, Cotton MS Nero D. iv, f. 259r59
III Anglo-Saxon Minuscule 63
6 Oxford, Bodleian Library, Hatton MS 20, f. 6r 67
London, British Library, Additional MS23211, f. 11 70
7 London, British Library, Additional Charter 1979171
8 Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 173, f. 151 73
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 173, f. 211 76
9 London, British Library, Add. MS 47967, f. 48v 77
London, British Library, Additional MS 47967, f. 1r 80
10 Oxford, Bodleian Library, Tanner MS10, 54r 81
London, British Library, Cotton MS Caligula A. vii, f. 11r84
11 Exeter, Exeter Cathedral Library, MS3501, f. 32v85
London, British Library, Cotton MS Vitellius A. xv, f. 102v88
12 London, British Library, Royal MS 7 C. xii, f. 105r89
London, British Library, Royal MS 7 C. xii, f. 64r 92
13 Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 11, p. 1493
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 11, f. p. 61 96
14 London, British Library, Cotton MS Julius A. x, f. 88r97
15 London, British Library, Cotton MS Vitellius C. iii, f. 27r99
16 London, British Library, Cotton MS Nero A. i, f. 110r 101
17 London, British Library, Cotton MS Claudius B. iv, f. 38r103
London, British Library, Cotton MS Claudius B. iv, f. 16r106
18 London, British Library, Cotton MS Julius E. vii, f. 203r107
IV English Caroline minuscule110
London, British Library, Arundel MS 155, f. 133r 112
19 London, British Library, Cotton MS Titus A. iv, f. 32r113
London, British Library, Cotton MS Tiberius A. iii, f. 117v 116
20 London, British Library, Cotton MS Tiberius A. iii, f. 60v117
London, British Library, Cotton MS Tiberius A. iii, f. 2v120
21 London, British Library, Cotton MS Tiberius B. iv, f. 68r 121
London, British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian D. xii, f. 11r 124
22 Cambridge, University Library, MS Kk. 3. 18, f. 8v 125
London, British Library, Harley Charter 83 A 3 (Sawyer 1968: no. 1421) 128
V Protogothic129
23a Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Peterborough or ‘E’ version), from the annals for 1131-35133
23b Chronicle, Le Livere de Reis de Brittanie136
London, British Library, Cotton MS Caligula A. xv, f. 137r 138
24 Oxford, Bodleian Library, Hatton MS 116, p. 5139
London, British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian D. xiv, f. 166r142
25 London, British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian D. xiv, f. 137r 143
26 London, British Library, Royal MS 4 A. xiv, f. 106v 145
London, British Library, Cotton MS Claudius D. iii, f. 78r 148
27a Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 1, f. 72r149
27b Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 1, f. 71153
28 London, British Library, Royal MS 1 A. xiv, f. 35r155
London, British Library, Royal MS 5 F. vii, f. 85r158
29 Oxford, Bodleian Library, Hatton MS 38, f. 80r159
London, British Library, Stowe MS 34, f. 32r 162
30 Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley MS 34, f. 42r163
VI The Gothic system of scripts: Gothic textualis165
31 London, British Library, Cotton MS Titus D. xviii, f. 231169
32 Oxford, Jesus College MS 29, f. 156r171
London, British Library, Royal MS 14 C. vii, f. 64r 174
33 London, British Library, Cotton MS Caligula A. ix, f. 159r175
London, British Library, Cotton MS Caligula A. ix, f. 1r 178
34 London, British Library, Arundel MS 292, f. 6r179
London, British Library, Cotton MS Otho C. xiii, f. 102r 182
35 Oxford, Bodleian Library, Laud Misc. MS 108, f. 219r183
VII The Gothic system of scripts: Anglicana186
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86, f. 165r190
36 London, British Library, Harley MS 2253, f. 106r191
London, British Library, Harley MS 913, f. 3r 194
37 London, British Library, Cotton MS Nero A. x, Art. 3, f. 49r 195
London, British Library, Cotton MS Nero A. x, f. 129r 198
38 Cambridge, Peterhouse MS 75. I, f. 71v199
London, British Library, Additional MS 10574, f. 60v 202
39 London, British Library, Additional MS 41175, f. 105r 203
London, British Library, Harley MS 6613, f. 8r 206
40 London, British Library, Sloane MS 2593, f. 10v 207
41 London, British Library, Harley MS 6041, f. 16r 209
London, British Library, Additional MS 24194, f. 76r 212
42 San Marino, California, Henry E. Huntington Library, MS EL 26 C 9, f. 131r213
London, University Library, MS V. 88, f. 25v 216
43 Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 61, f. 12r217
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 61, f. 1v 220
44 London, British Library, Additional Charter 17692 221
London, British Library, Royal MS 17 C. xxxviii, f. 54v 224
45 Cambridge, St John’s College MS L. 1, f. 6v 225
London, British Library, Royal MS 18 C. xxii, f. 1r 228
46 London, British Library, Harley MS 674, f. 17v 229
London, British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian B. xii, f. 3r 232
47 Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 335, f. 45v 233
VIII The Gothic system of scripts: Secretary236
48 London, British Library, Harley MS 4866, f. 88r239
London, British Library, Arundel MS 38, f. 37r 242
49 London, British Library, Harley MS2255, f. 6r 243
London, British Library, Additional MS 12043, f. 10v 246
50 London, British Library, Harley MS 1197, Part 1, f. 9r 247
London, British Library, Harley MS 2383, f. 651 250
51 Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral MS 91, f. 85v 251
London, British Library, Harley MS 993, f. 38r 254
52 London, British Library, Additional MS 36704, f. 46r 255
London, British Library, Additional MS 61823, f. 123r 258
53 London, British Library, Additional MS 35290, f. 113r259
London, British Library, Additional MS 35290, f. 60v 262
54 Cambridge, St John’s College MS G. 23, f. 163v 263
55 London, British Library Additional MS 59678, f. 35r265
London, British Library, Royal MS 18 D. ii, f. 30v 268
56 Oxford, Bodleian Library, Arch. Selden. MS B. 24, f. 50v269
London, British Library, Harley MS 326, f. 105v 272
57 Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby MS 133, f. 96r273
London, British Library, Cotton MS Julius E. iv Art 6, f. 16v 276
58 Oxford, Bodleian Library, Fairfax MS 16, f. 183v277
IX Afterword280
References282
Index 301
Names of people and places in the plates301
People named in the commentaries to the plates305
Index of manuscript pages discussed318
Index of other manuscript pages reproduced319