[First published on our old website on 16 May 2012, with updates here]
Here we post news about the research, activities, and publications of our Officers, Trustees, Associates, Advisers, and Volunteers. We gladly celebrate their accomplishments with the wider world.
New Version 1.4. Launched on 2 April 2017.
More languages, more features. And an updated Booklet describing and illustrating the font. All for FREE.
See here: Bembino.
Adelaide Bennett Hagens
Congratulations to our Trustee Adelaide Bennett Hagens upon her retirement on 1 July 2016 from the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University. With thanks for her contributions to the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence as a faithful Trustee, we now present a Page on our website devoted to reporting her list of publications and interests: Adelaide Bennett Hagens. We look forward to the next stages of her research.
Publications & Awards
Congratulations to our Sponsor, Emily Rose, for the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of The Phi Beta Kappa Society for her first book, The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe (Oxford University Press, 2015). The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award honors “scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity, including works in the fields of history, philosophy and religion as well as such fields as anthropology and the social sciences.” Previous winners include such eminent authors as Richard Hofstadter, Howard Mumford Jones, Peter Gay, Eugen Weber, Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, Peter Brown, Carl N. Degler, Gordon S. Wood, Caroline Walker Bynum, Jill Lepore and David Nirenberg. Currently Emily is Visiting Scholar in the Program in Medieval Studies at Harvard University.
Her generous hospitality and sponsorship for Research Group Events over the years are recorded gladly on many pages of our website. One of the many happy occasions is the 2014 Anniversary Party. We look forward with great interest to the next stages in her research, including her next book.
Timothy C. Graham
Congratulations to our Associate, Prof. Timothy C. Graham, for his 2016 CARA Excellence in Teaching Award from the Medieval Academy of America! We first met Tim when he arrived as the Research Assistant for the 5-year Leverhulme Trust Research Project on ‘Anglo-Saxon and Related Manuscripts’ at the Parker Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1989–1994). As one of the Founder Members of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, which emerged from that Project, Tim generously contributed his dedication and expertise to the intensive research process and its many discoveries. We admire his progress over the years as scholar, colleague, administrator, and teacher, and express good wishes for his every endeavor.
Some People Tell Our Story
The first in a Series of Interviews for our website invites our Associate Leslie J. French to describe the steps through which our distinctive design approach developed. His designs are responsible for, among many other things since the beginning of our organization, most of our Publications (but not our website, the donation of our Webmaster). They include our Logo, the Illustrated Catalogue of Insular, Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, our Illustrated Bulletin ShelfLife, our Style Manifesto, our Posters and Program Booklets, and our copyright multilingual font Bembino. That this font, and the other designs, are his donation to the Research Group, is subject for our thanks and celebration.
Responding to a set of questions, Leslie decided to present the responses in printed form, in a booklet set in our font and with our design principles. The interviewer’s description presents the Interview with Our Font and Layout Designer. Enjoy!
A radio interview with our Director airs on Wednesday, 12 October, on The Library Café, hosted by Thomas Hill, Art Librarian of Vassar College. The series can be heard live on WVKR FM 91.3 Wednesday afternoons between 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m. ET (17.00-18.00 GMT) during the academic year.
Delighted to join Tom’s series, our Director reflects on formative educational experiences, ranging from the Sidwell Friends School and Vassar College, to University College London, the University of Cambridge, and beyond. Names are Named. Including some dedicated teachers, patrons, and friends, and some favorite libraries and manuscripts. Others, too, but that would be a longer program or a follow-up. Meanwhile, we offer a happy illustrated souvenir of A Visit to the Library Café.
Tom’s invitation has inspired a series of reports and reflections, with the benefit, wisdom, and empathy of Hindsight, from the Research Group Archives recording for our website the remarkable series of Seminars and Workshops on “The Evidence of Manuscripts” which accompanied our first Research Project and launched our long-term program of Events and Conference Activities. As the series of reports has unfolded over the summer of 2016, some of our Associates have said that they wished that they had known about us then and could have attended. Here is a way to be there, and without the jetlag. Enjoy!
Appointments and Promotions
Congratulations to our Associate Claire Fanger for the accomplishment of tenure as Associate Professor in the Religion Department at Rice University! Her interests and publications are many and varied. Following her work over the years, partly through our collaboration in the co-sponsored Sessions with the Societas Magica at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, we gladly celebrate this next stage in her teaching and research.
Judith H. Oliver and Henry D. Schilb
Congratulations to our Associates, Dr. Henry D. Schilb and Prof. Emerita Judith H. Oliver, for the publication of their articles in the collection of essays, edited by Susan Boynton and Diane J. Reilly, on Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound (Brepols, 2016).
Sean M. Winslow
Congratulations to our Associate Sean M. Winslow for the completion in November 2015 of his Ph.D. dissertation for the University of Toronto on Ethiopian Manuscript Culture: Practices and Contexts, now available for download. A publication we have been waiting for! For example, as we were preparing to launch our multilingual font Bembino, his request for Ethiopic diacritics expanded its scope fundamentally. We are glad for these requests.
Jesse D. Hurlbut
We welcome the publication of ‘The Mystic Lamb of Ghent: Aldermen’s Seal, Altarpiece, and Tableau Vivant‘ by our Associate and Webmaster, Jesse D. Hurlbut, in the collection of essays on Medieval Coins and Seals: Constructing Identity, Signifying Power, edited by Susan Solway (Brepols, 2015). We learned of this paper through a preview, in connection with our own sponsored Research Project on Medieval Seals, Seal Matrices & Documents. Reading a preview of this paper with admiration, we have looked forward to its publication, now accomplished. It focuses on an intricate aspect of a complex, dynamic subject, which we find fascinating.
Gregory T. Clark
Congratulations to our new Associate, Prof. Gregory T. Clark, for his new publication of Art in a Time of War: The Master of Morgan 453 and Manuscript Illumination in Paris during the English Occupation (1419–1435 (2016). We have eagerly awaited its appearance. This richly illustrated book, published by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, grew from Greg’s doctoral dissertation (Princeton, 1988). The analysis of so rich a range of manuscripts is illuminating indeed.
We thank him for the gift of a copy of the book. Happily, we show the front cover of its dust jacket. The image shows the illustration in a Book of Hours of the ‘Angels Calling on Jewish Men to Receive the Holy Spirit’ (corresponding to the Acts of the Apostles 2:43), painted by the ‘Master of Morgan 453’ in Paris circa 1415–1420.
The illustration appears in New York, Morgan Library and Museum, MS M.1000, fol. 148v. We show its full page, and encourage you to visit the full series of illustrations in this book displayed on the Corsair website. The same Master’s work is also on view for Morgan Library and Museum, MS M.453, another Book of Hours in the same collection. Beautiful work.
With thanks for their contributions and support, we welcome the new Honorary Invited Associates:
- Prof. Charles E. Barber, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University (Charles Barber, Professor)
- Prof. Gregory T. Clark, Department of Art and Art History, Sewanee: The University of the South (Greg Clark)
- Prof. Emerita Helen Damico, Department of English, University of New Mexico
- Martha E. Easton, Seaton Hall University
(Martha Easton, Ph.D.)
- Dr. Justin Hastings, Department of English, Loyola University Chicago
- Dr. Eric Johnston, Rare Books and Manuscript Library, The Ohio State University
- Dr. Thomas Hill, Art Librarian, Vassar College (Thomas Hill)
- Prof. Robert Kaster, Department of Classics, Princeton University
- Mr. Jesse Meyer, Pergamena, Montgomery, New York
- Dr. Pamela Patton, Index of Christian Art, Princeton University
- Dr. Lynn Ransom, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania
(SIMS Staff and Lynn Ransom)
- Prof. Michael Ryan, Department of History, University of New Mexico
- Prof. Louis A. Waldman, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin
(Dr. Louis A. Waldman and Louis A. Waldman)
Our Associates are named in full here.
Reports in 2015 & 2016
- December 2015 Annual Appeal Letter
Celebrating our Progress and our Goals,
with a call for help with Contributions both in funds and in kind
- Our first Annual Report for the 2015 CARA Newsletter, in our first year as an Affiliate of CARA, the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations of the Medieval Academy of America; the Report is reissued on our website with live links
(Activities for 2015 and Plans for 2016)
- Our second Annual Report for the 2016 June CARA Newsletter (page 13), reissued on our website as the
Annual Report for the 2016 CARA Newsletter with live links and with illustrations: 2016 Report for CARA
- The revised version of our Style Manifesto (2015), updated and laid out with our copyright font Bembino
- Program Booklet for our 2015 Congress Session on Predicting the Past
- May 2016 Business Meeting Agenda addressing Activities, Prospects, Needs, Aims
- May 2015 Business Meeting Agenda
- Program Booklet for our March 2016 Symposium on ‘Words & Deeds’
- Program Booklet for our May 2016 Congress Sessions on ‘Crusading and the Byzantine Legacy in the Northwestern Black Sea Region’ and ‘The Medieval Balkans as Mirror’
- News of our new blog on Manuscript Studies in the September 2015 ‘Manuscripts On My Mind’ Newsletter, where the first 5 posts of the blog debut as a group
- Continuing posts for this blog, now with its own Contents List
List of the Posts grouped by Subjects, Thumbnails Included
- Report on New Testament Leaves in Old Armenian
A post in our blog on New Testament Leaves in Old Armenian introduces the downloadable Booklet, which identifies the text on a pair of detached leaves and sets them in the context of some other leaves which survive from the same dismembered manuscript
This report displays Armenian characters designed for the next version of our copyright multilingual font Bembino
- December 2016 Annual Appeal Letter
Celebrating our Progress and our Goals, with a call for help with Contributions and Donations in funds, with pro bono expertise, and in kind
For their help in preparing these reports, we thank
- our Associate Lisa Fagin Davis (Editor of the CARA Newsletter)
- our Associate Valerio Cappozzo (Organizer of his 2015 Session and Co-Editor of its Booklet)
- Susan L’Engle (Editor of the ‘Manuscripts On My Mind’ Newsletter)
- our Associate Ioana Georgescu (Co-Editor of the 2015 Business Meeting Agenda)
- our Associates Barbara Shailor, Lisa Fagin Davis, and Genevra Kornbluth, as well as Raymond Clemens, Brigitte Bedoz-Rezak, and Dot Porter (Donors of Images for the Posters and Program Booklet for the ‘Words & Deeds’ Symposium)
- Susan L’Engle (Editor of the ‘Manuscripts On My Mind’ Newsletter)
- our Associate Florin Curta (Co-Organizer of the 2016 Sessions and Adviser for their Booklet)
- our Editor-in-Chief
For their authorship, we thank
- our Associate Leslie J. French (‘New Testament Leaves in Old Armenian’)
- our principal Blogger, our Director Mildred Budny (‘Manuscript Studies’)
- the Authors of Abstracts of Papers for our Booklets (‘Predicting the Past’, ‘Words & Deeds’, ‘Crusading and the Byzantine Legacy’, and ‘The Medieval Balkans as Mirror’)
- the Princeton Trustees of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence (Appeal Letters).
For their responses to the 2015 Appeal, and the start of the 2016 Appeal, we thank all our Donors, Sponsors & Contributors.
Events & Congress Activities
The Events sponsored and co-sponsored by the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence include seminars, masterclasses, exhibitions, workshops, colloquia, and symposia, which take place at various centers. These events stand apart from the Congress sessions and other activities (exhibitions, meetings, and receptions) which the Research Group sponsors and co-sponsors at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, as reported in our Congress Archive.
Our Events focus upon a wide variety of subjects and approaches, promoting discourse between fields of study and between experts, students, and the wider world.
2016 Symposium on Words & Deeds
Our Symposium at Princeton University took place in March 2016. It continues the ‘New series’ of Symposia, which followed the Symposia on ‘The Transmission of the Bible’:
- Gathering At the Threshold (November 2009)
- Identity & Authenticity (March 2013)
- Recollections of the Past (May 2014)
- Words & Deeds (March 2016)
Updates and Reports appear in our Events Blog.
A Pair of Panels at the M-MLA Conference in November
For the first time, in 2016 the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence sponsors two Panels at the Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association, to be held in November at St. Louis, Missouri. They are organized by Justin Hastings (Department of English, Loyola University College, Chicago). In keeping with the conference’s theme of “Border States”, it focuses upon Marginalia in Manuscripts and Printed Books in North America.
On occasion at the Congresses, we also hold
- Photographic Exhibitions
- Business Meetings and
- Parties or Receptions.
Illustrated Reports describe the 2014 Anniversary Reception and the 2015 Reception, with an illustrated record of the Reception also at the 2016 Congress.
The full series of activities at the Congress, their preparations, and updates, appears in our Congress Archive.
As the next Congress Program comes into view, we announce the Preparations for our Sessions and Activities at the 2017 Congress. Also, we aim to publish the Abstracts for their Papers, as is our custom, once the Program has settled into place.
Publications Online & in Print
We offer a full list (1990–) of our Publications. Many are available freely for download.
The current version of our high-quality copyright digital multilingual font Bembino is available freely for download and use. You see it in practice here on our website. The newest version is 1.4 (April 2017).
The first issue of the RGME-Newsletter ShelfMarks (Autumn, 2014) contains a review of the series volume on Patronage: Power & Agency in Medieval Art (2012) and the first two volumes ([formerly] available freely) of the series of Index of Christian Art Online Publications, recording the conference proceedings devoted to The Digital World of Art History, I (2012) and II (2013). The review appears here.
Papers From Our Congress Sessions
On our website, we have begun to publish some Papers from our Congress Sessions.
The first is David W. Sorenson’s Paper on ‘Semi-Official Counterfeiting within the French Mints 1380–1422 and What It Tells Us’, presented at the 2015 Congress. The paper is available freely for download.
The second is Mildred Budny’s Paper on ‘No Snap Decisions: Challenges of Manuscript Photography’ at the 1995 Congress. In the form of a webpage, this publication combines the Abstract already published in 1994 with the Paper itself, plus added links, notes, illustrations, observations, and updates.
Some recent Publications are listed above, among the Reports.
Promotional Offer for The Illustrated Catalogue
In a new development (February 2016), we present a
Special Promotional Offer
for our largest publication and co-publication so far.
This is the Illustrated Catalogue of
Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art
at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2 volumes).
See the details of the Promotional Offer.
The ‘Illustrated Handlist’
Several years in the making, our Illustrated Handlist describes and illustrates the items from a cumulative assembly of medieval and early modern manuscripts, documents, and printed materials which have undergone conservation, photography, and detailed research by Mildred Budny.
The unfolding publication of the Handlist, in stages, includes some detailed Reports of individual Items in our Blog on Manuscript Studies, as indicated in its Contents List; in some Papers for our Congress Sessions, as indicated among their Abstracts; and elsewhere.
The overview of the Handlist, in the form of a unified Contents List grouped mainly by category of writing media, language(s), and textual genres, identifies the individual materials, their contents, their dates or probable dates and places of origin, their sources of acquisition, and other elements of interest. The Handlist subdivides into parts and sub-sections according to the
- writing medium or media (parchment, paper, composite, etc)
- type of text (manuscript or fragment thereof, document, printed material)
- language (Latin and/or vernacular, with 1 addition to a Latin early printed book in Greek).
Within each part or section, the sequence is more-or-less chronological, insofar as dating criteria are available.
Blog on ‘Manuscript Studies’
The posts for 2016 continue to appear:
- Three Leaves from a Latin Religious Pocket Handbook with portions of Vulgate Psalm 77, a text on Christian Liturgical Observance, and Eadmer’s Treatise on the Conception of the Blessed Mary
- A Leaf from the Office of the Dead, with a Recollection of the late Jennifer O’Reilly (1943–2016)
- Part-Leaf from a Large-Format Lectionary in Latin with Parts of I Maccabees 10 and Homily 38 on the Gospels by Gregory the Great
- A Part-Leaf from the ‘Life of Saint Blaise’, from a Latin lectionary (February portion, presumably) reused — still — as the cover for an 18th-century paper notebook with French receipts for the area of Plauzat in the Auvergne
- Written in the Stars, with a pair of single, continuous, leaves in Latin from the end of a Roman Breviary rounding up with lections from Patristic sermons emphatically denying the powers of astrology, inspired by the Epiphany and the role of the Star(s) in divine destiny
- Spoonful of Sugar, with a bifolium from a Latin treatise on medical substances, retrieved from its reuse as a binding cover somewhere
- Center Fold, with a light-hearted “interview” with our new CopyCat Editor, who took a paws-on approach to the process of editing the Program Booklet for our 2016 Symposium
- Cover-Up, with a bifolium from a late 13th or early 14th-century Latin Psalter or Breviary still in position, reused on the cover of an 18th-century paper notebook with Receipts in French from Dijon and its region, extending mostly from the French Revolution to the Napoleonic Wars
- Lillian Vail Dymond, with a personal view of the impact of adoption and name changes upon the bureaucratic record of an individual across time and place, with observations for the study of medieval records as well as modern ones, in a post by our new Associate and Guest-Blogger, Linde M. Brocato
- More Leaves from ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 51’, with the identification of 2 detached leaves from a Latin manuscript of Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics made at Erfurt by 1365 and dismembered by 1923 at the hands of Otto Ege, like the subjects of some of our other blogposts2016 Symposium and its Booklet
- It’s a Wrap, with the report of a leaf from the Latin Novels of Justinian’s Code, which, made most probably at Bologna or Padua circa 1260-1280 and provided with some glosses as commentary, found reuse as a wrapper, pasted and folded, with added tie, for other stuff of one sort or another
- A Part-Leaf from Bede’s Homilies on the Gospels, with the identification of a fragment from a 14th-century copy, perhaps made in France, of Bede’s Homily II, 6, on Mark 7:31–37 for Holy Saturday, marked for lection, and reused as part of a cover for a land ledger, but now retrieved as a scrap on its own
Watch for more to come.
From the Archives
- Image-Processing and Manuscript Studies (15 January 1994) in the series of Research Group Seminars on the Evidence of Manuscripts (1990‒1995
Indexes of Authors of Abstracts of Papers for Events, including both
- those Seminars and
These Indexes perform similar services for the Events as do those (already in place by 2015) for the Congress Papers.
P.S. For information about the image of an opened book shown here at the right,
view our blogpost on The Mass of Saint Gregory, Illustrated.
We thank Joshua O’Driscoll of The Morgan Museum & Library for aiding our exploration of permission to reproduce the image from MS M.1000, shown above.
The image at the top of this post shows three lines from ‘Ege Manuscript 41’ (subject of one of our blogposts), reproduced by permission. Within the Dialogues of Gregory the Great, in Latin, they open Book III, Chapter 13, which begins Nuper (‘Recently’), and considers things worthy of memory.
Would you like to send a copy of your publications to us? For example, we welcome donations to our library, and we look for publications to review or discuss.
We gladly cite the publications which emerge from the Papers for our Conference Sessions, Symposia, and other Events. Examples include the papers by Ortal-Paz Saar and by Ida Sinkevič from the 2013 Symposium on ‘Identity & Authenticity’ and by László Sándor Chardonnens from the 2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies. We add these citations as we come across them.
Please send notices of your publications to let us know when they appear. Acknowledgments are always welcome.
As the Research Group is a recognized nonprofit educational corporation, your Contributions and Donations may be tax-deductible.