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Title Interpreting MS Digby 86. A trilingual book from thirteenth-century Worcestershire / susanna Fein
Published York : York Medieval Press 2019
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Description 1 online resource (330 pages)
Series Manuscript Culture in the British Isles ; 9
Manuscript culture in the British Isles ; 9
Contents Frontcover; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Contributors; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Digital Facsimiles of Frequently Cited Manuscripts; The Contents of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby 86; Note on the Presentation of MS Digby 86 Texts; Introduction; 1 Fellow Travellers with Saint Nicholas; 2 Anglo-Norman Religious Instruction in MS Digby 86: Echoes of Lateran IV; 3 Latin and Vernacular Prayers in MS Digby 86; 4 Science, Medicine, Prognostication: MS Digby 86 as a Household Almanac; 5 Literary Therapeutics: Experimental Knowledge in MS Digby 86
6 Petrus Alfonsi, the Disciplina clericalis and Le Romaunz Peres Aunfour of MS Digby 867 Misogyny in MS Digby 86; 8 Gender Trouble? Fabliau and Debate in MS Digby 86; 9 The Middle English Poetry of MS Digby 86; 10 MS Digby 86 and Thirteenth-Century Scribal Poetics; 11 The Scarlet Letter: Experimentation, Design and Copying Practice in the Coloured Capitals of MS Digby 86; 12 Below Malvern: MS Digby 86, the Grimhills and the Underhills in their Regional and Social Context; Bibliography; Index of Manuscripts Cited; General Index
Summary Extravagantly heterogeneous in its contents, Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86 is an utterly singular production. On its last folio, the scribe signs off with a self-portrait - a cartoonishly-drawn male head wearing a close-fitted hood - and an inscription: "scripsi librum in anno et iii mensibus" (I wrote the book in a year and three months). His fifteen months' labour resulted in one of the most important miscellanies to survive from medieval England: a trilingual marvel of a compilation, with quirky combinations of content that range from religion, to science, to literature of a decidedly secular cast. It holds medical recipes, charms, prayers, prognostications, magic tricks, pious doctrine, a liturgical calendar, religious songs, lively debates, poetry on love and death, proverbs, fables, fabliaux, scurrilous games, and gender-based diatribes.0That Digby is from the thirteenth century adds to its appeal, for English literary remnants from before 1300 are all too rare. Scholars on both sides of the vernacular divide, French and English, are deeply intrigued by it. Many of its texts are found nowhere else: for example, the French Arthurian Lay of the Horn, the English fabliau Dame Sirith and the beast fable Fox and Wolf, and the French Strife between Two Ladies (a candid debate on feminine politics). The interpretations offered in this volume of its contents, presentation, and ownership, show that there is much to discover in Digby's lively record of the social and spiritual pastimes of a book-owning gentry family
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Subject Bodleian Library. Manuscript. Digby 86
Manuscripts -- England -- Oxford
Form Electronic book
Author Fein, Susanna
ISBN 1787445593 (electronic bk.)
9781787445598 (electronic bk.)