Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Medieval Manuscripts Seminar
22 October 2019, 5.30pm - 7.15pm
Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies, Senate House Library, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Simon Horobin, University of Oxford 

Methods of Scribal Identification: What next for Adam Pinkhurst? 

Since Linne Mooney's 2004 identification of Adam Pinkhurst as 'Chaucer's Scribe' there has been much debate about her claims, most recently in Lawrence Warner's Chaucer's Scribes (CUP, 2018). In this paper I will revisit these discussions and consider their implications for the identification of scribal hands in multiple manuscripts. What are the methodological challenges and how can they be overcome? Is it possible to develop a methodology that will result in greater scholarly consensus?

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