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Gavin Cole/ Rylands MSS. descriptions

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Many thanks to Gavin Cole who described several of the manuscripts in the John Rylands Library  for the project team (Eng. 103 and Eng. 206).  Gavin is currently finishing his PhD thesis entitled, ‘A textual study of CV-1333 of the Middle English Prose Brut Chronicle’, a work which is eagerly anticipated by the project team.  A brief synopsis of Gavin’s doctoral research follows:

“This project investigates the  origins and dissemination of CV-1333 thorugh the examination of the textual relationships of the extant medieval witnesses to this textual version. The study considers the use of textual data both to suggest genetic relationships between the manuscripts, and to examine individual scribal reactions to the text. Making use of the Anglo-Norman Long Version, it examines not only the scribal dissemination of CV-1333 but also the relationship of CV-1333 with the AN source. This thesis suggests that acts of  translation and scribal copying both exist within a wider framework of textual revision and that these acts are interpretative as well as replicative. This study stresses the need for textual critics to investigate the text ‘in process’ and see the relation of the material witnesses to not only the postulated ’original’ or the immediate exemplar, but also to the various processes which generated them. “

Gavin’s descriptions were formed against the project’s template for manuscript description, but demonstrate his own distinctive interest and expertise in textual issues. Look out for further contributions to the website by Gavin, whose research is serving to unravel the genetic relationships encoded in the CV-1333 corpus.

If anyone would like to contribute information on the other Rylands Brut MSS., or indeed, any of the MSS. in the corpus, please contact the project team.

Description Updates

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Any new exciting findings will initially be posted here on the blog before being updated in the database, so it is well worth checking in here before you investigate the Project’s main resources.  Yesterday I identified the scribe of Cambridge Corpus Christi MS. 182 as the main scribe of Harvard MS. 587 (a chap who signs himself ’Ryther Scriptor’), so these descriptions are currently under revision- this identification potentially has implications for Harvard 587’s Matheson grouping- although there are many textual and orthographic differences between the texts copied by the scribe, it is possible that the Harvard text is, like CCC MS. 182,  an EV-1419. This has been suggested to me by a comparison with the variant Henry II/ Becket heading in both texts (click the link).  The variant heading in Harvard MS. Eng. 587 occurs in the Corpus Christi MS., and I have checked another EV-1419, Princeton MS. Garret 150, where the heading also occurs.  Further checks are likely to lead to reclassification.

If you have any insights or queries regarding any updates, please reply via the blog.

Pending…

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Hello, and welcome to the Imagining History Project. A few points for those accessing the database. Although there is a considerable body of data already available, you may find that a manuscript description is presently pending or under construction. If you find that this is the case for a manuscript which interests you, check if there is a Long Description in the Project Wiki. If there is no Long Description please revisit the database, as Short Descriptions continue to be uploaded on a daily basis. You may also find that some of the promised Wiki links are not, as yet, live. Again, I would ask for your patience, they are coming!

Other features of the database soon to be added include some cultural mapping exercises. At present I am developing an exercise to map the connections of the Brut in its London contexts, in terms of both production and readerships. If this interests you keep an eye on the Project’s website for updates.

I will reiterate Stephen’s comments that the database is open not only to your scrutiny, but also to your contributions. Please make use of the Project’s features which allow you to comment on, query, or make additions to the information we have recorded. If you are interested in sharing your own observations on the Brut corpus or related matters, but have concerns about doing so, please email any of the Project members for advice.


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