Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

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

Francesco Marzella, University of Cambridge 

The Manuscript Tradition of the Vita Merlini 

This paper explores the manuscript tradition of the Vita Merlini, a hexametrical poem (1529 lines) written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in c. 1150. Special attention will be paid to ms XVI Q 14 in York Minster Library, a witness that was not used for the most recent critical edition (1973). A description of the manuscript will be followed by the analysis of some of its variant readings that will prove the importance of this witness for a new edition of the poem. 

John Hampson, King’s College London 

Some Problems in the Manuscript Tradition of the Letters of Hildebert of Lavardin 

Hildebert of Lavardin (d. 1133), bishop of Le Mans and then archbishop of Tours, was one of the major figures in the twelfth century renaissance of Latinity in northern Europe, the author of letters, poems and prosimetra, sermons and saints’ lives. His correspondence provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of a well-connected working medieval bishop, but today he is little known, perhaps partly because there is no modern edition or translation of the letters - the most recent edition dates from 1708. It has long been recognised that collections of the letters, which survive in over 100 manuscripts, fall into distinct groups, but the relationships between these have remained unexplored. This paper sets out an approach to examining this issue in preparation for a new edition.

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