Tag Archives: Research Reflections

Judging a Book by its Cover: Manuscript Bindings Without Bling

By Jenneka Janzen Our blog has featured medieval bindings before (Jenny’s blog on “bling” bindings was recently published in Quest magazine) but with an eye to the extraordinary, and extremely rare. In fact, finding an intact medieval binding, never mind … Continue reading

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Dragons and Courtiers: Medieval Doodles in a Leiden Manuscript

By Jenneka Janzen This week’s blog is a show-and-tell of one of my new favourite finds in Leiden University’s Special Collections. Two weeks ago, Turning Over a New Leaf hosted another successful colloquium and Lieftinck Lecture. I coordinated the manuscript … Continue reading

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Scribal Abuse in the Middle Ages

Today’s blog is a guest post from Thijs Porck, a lecturer in the Department of English Language and Culture, Universiteit Leiden. Adam scriveyn, if ever it thee bifalle  Boece or Troilus to wryten newe,        Under thy lokkes thou most have … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different….a humanist manuscript in the Leiden Collection (Leiden PER Q 18)

By Irene O’Daly While most of my research involves eleventh- and twelfth-century manuscripts, occasionally I have an excuse to dig deeper into the collections at Leiden University. Sometimes these searches unearth manuscripts that, while they may be run-of-the-mill examples of … Continue reading

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Capless a’s and a Fringe Ligature: The Courtship of Medieval Script

By Ramona Venema Ramona is a research master in ‘Classical, Medieval Renaissance Studies’ at the University of Groningen. She is currently working as an intern for the ‘Turning Over a New Leaf Project’.  After completing a course in the fundamentals … Continue reading

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Medieval Manuscripts in America

By Julie Somers Last week, a post by Medievalists.net provided a map of the United States with all of the available programs offered in medieval studies. There are quite a number of institutions that have either a Certificate, M.A. or … Continue reading

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Quire as Folk? Conventions of Manuscript Construction

By Irene O’Daly Although much of the attention of our project focuses on what is in the manuscript – its script, its layout, texts, and additions – we are also concerned with its physical make-up. One area I’ve become particularly … Continue reading

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The Boring, Ugly, and Unimportant – Biases in Manuscript Research

By Jenneka Janzen As I carry out my dissertation research, I’ve spent some time thinking about the role aesthetics play in which manuscripts are studied, and which ones are deemed too boring, unimportant, or ugly to attract interest. Certainly, it … Continue reading

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I Love Paris in the Springtime… A User’s Guide to the BnF

By Irene O’Daly Say the words Bibliothèque nationale de France to any manuscript researcher and it tends to invite a series of anecdotes – usually horror stories about long days trawling through blurry microfilms, refusals of access to manuscripts, and its … Continue reading

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Hairy Bindings and Golden Bookworms: My Research in Bruges

By Jenneka Janzen Access to digitized manuscripts online (see Irene’s Navigating the Digital World) is changing the way medievalists can and are expected to work. While the benefits of accessing an electronic facsimile for research with respect to preservation and … Continue reading

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