News & Views

[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.

Ege MS 41, Gregory's Dialogues III, chapter 13, lines 1-3, reproduced by permission

‘Nuper (=’Recently”) . . . ‘

Newest News


The Research Group Speaks: The Series (2021–)

Responding to the need to suspend in-person events, the RGME has begun a series of online episodes in the forms of lectures, interviews, workshops, webinars, roundtables, and the like.

Lisbon, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga: The mid 15th-century Saint Vincent Panels, attributed to Nuno Gonçalves. Image via Creative Commons.

Symposia, Workshops, Masterclasses

  • 2019 Anniversary Symposium

Our 2019 Anniversary Symposium at Princeton University in April considered “The Roads Taken, Or, The Obstacle Course”.   As part of the Program, Masterclasses were given in Special Collections of Firestone Library and at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Poster 1 for 2019 Anniversary Symposium, with symposium information with images of manuscript and early printed pages..

Poster 1 for 2019 Symposium

For earlier Symposia and other Events, see Seminars, Workshops, Colloquia, and Symposia.

Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies

At this Congress, held each May at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, we hold an Open Business Meeting and sponsor and co-sponsor Sessions, as well as a Reception.  After the cancellation of the 2020 Congress, the Congress in both 2021 and 2022 has been held online.  Whereas the Open Business Meetings can take place online, the Receptions are postponed until they might occur, once again, in person.

  • 2020 Congress (cancelled)

With the approval of our 4 proposed sponsored and co-sponsored Sessions for the 2020 Congress, we issued the Call for Papers (CFP) and proposed the programs for these Sessions.   As the date approached, the entire Congress had to be cancelled.  See 2020 International Congress on Medieval Studies Program Announced.

  • 2019 Congress

Our activities for the 2019 Congress , including 4 sponsored and co-sponsored Sessions as well as the Open Business Meeting and an Anniversary Reception, have been successfully accomplished.  A Report is in progress.

  • Poster for our Sponsored Session on the " 'Libro de los juegos': Big Results from Small Data", organized by Linde M. Brocato and sponsored by the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence at the 2018 International Congress on Medieval Studies. Poster set in RGME Bembino.2018 Congress

We report the successful accomplishment of the 2018 International Congress on Medieval Studies.  We had 5 Sponsored and C0-Sponsored Sessions, a Co-Sponsored Reception, and an Open Business Meeting.  See our 2018 Congress Report, with illustrations, Posters, and Abstracts of Papers.

Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association (M-MLA)

With the organizational skills of our Associate Justin Hastings, we regularly have a Permanent Panel at the Annual Convention of the M-MLA, which moves from place to place each November.

  • 2019 (Chicago)

We prepare for the 2019 Convention in November. See our 2019-M-MLA Call for Papers .

  • 2018 (Kansas City)

At the 2018 Convention, our Panel addressed the theme of “Consuming Cultures and Manuscript Evidence”.  See our 2018 M-MLA Call for Papers and 2018 M-MLA.

© The British Library Board. Harley MS 628, folio 160 verso. the initial 'd' for 'Domini'.

© The British Library Board. Harley MS 628, folio 160 verso, detail. Psalm 101 begins with the initial ‘d’ for ‘Domini’.

The Newest Version of Our Multi-Lingual Font Bembino and Its Companion Booklet

We launch the next version of our multi-lingual digital font Bembino:  Following the launch of Version 1.4 (April 2017) and Version 1.5 (April 2018), we progressed to Version 1.6 (January 2019). The accompanying Bembino Booklet, updated for Version 1.6, describes the aims and purposes of the font, with font tables and specimens of texts in various languages.

Responding to requests, the series of Versions of Bembino add more languages and more features.  Version 1.5 includes, for example, Ethiopic by special request.  Thus it extends the usefulness of the font beyond the diacritics for Ethiopic — which, also by special request, Bembino has included from its very first issued Version (1.0).Also by request, Version 1.6 adds Old Rus and more Chinese.

Both the font and its accompanying Bembino Booklet are available for FREE on our Bembino WebPage.

We continue to expand the font, preparing for the next Version.  As always, we welcome suggestions and requests.  Please Contact Us.

A Multi-Lingual Booklet for Bembino

Cover page for 'Multi-Lingual Bembino' demonstrating specimens from a wide range of languages typeset in Bembino

“Multi-Lingual Bembino” Booklet Cover

Cover of Booklet for Bembino font

“Bembino” Booklet Cover

For Bembino, we also offer a booklet (published in March 2018), to stand alongside the “Bembino” Booklet which describes and illustrates the Font.  The newer Booklet, Multi-Lingual Bembino, shows examples of the font typeset in multiple languages.

In 24 pages, this booklet contains examples of some of the wide range of languages that can be typeset using the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence ‘Bembino’ font.  The chosen text is the same for all examples: Exodus chapter 20 verses 1–17, one of the sets of the ‘Ten Commandments’ in the Old Testament.

The exemplified languages appear in alphabetical order by their English name (so ‘Welsh’ rather than ‘Cymraeg’), from ‘Afrikaans’ to ‘Yoruba’.  Many of the languages that use basic Latin are omitted, as are the languages for some of the former Russian Federation countries that use Cyrillic.

More about this booklet, available for FREE, here.  Its versions have, for example, added Old Norse and revised the Hungarian specimen.

Our 2019 Anniversary Year

We held a series of celebrations for our Anniversary Year in 2019, when the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence  celebrated its 20th year as a nonprofit educational corporation, and its 30th year as an international scholarly organization.  The styles of our Anniversary celebrations are worthy of recollection:  As here, here, and here.

We welcome suggestions, requests, and contributions.  Please join us and Contact Us.

End-of-Year Countdowns

As 2017 drew to a close and 2018 approached, we recollected our accomplishments over the year in a “Countdown to 2018”, as a series of posts on our Research Group FaceBook Page, Part I to Part IX. We celebrate these accomplishments and heartily thank our organizers, donors, hosts, sponsors, trustees, associates, contributors, and volunteers.  This progression prepared the groundwork for our next Anniversary Year.

The Annual Appeal

Our Annual Appeals address our needs, activities, and plans, focusing upon the current state of activities and aims.

For example, preparing for 2019, our Appeal focused upon the Anniversary celebrations.  Its approach drew upon the success of our 2018 Appeal.  Preparing for 2018, the end-of-year 2017 Annual Appeal Letter describes our activities, goals, requirements, and wishes for donations in funds and in kind.  In 2019, for the first time, we also held an Appeal online through our Director’s Giving Tuesday Fundraiser.  These Appeals have been renewed each year, along with our Director’s Birthday Fundraiser through the RGME FaceBook Page.

Responding to restrictions on in-person events from 2020 onward, the Appeals of 2021 and 2022 additionally incorporate requests for support for the development of our online events.  These events include the series of episodes for The Research Group Speaks which began in July 2021, the return to our tradition of Symposia with the pair of 2022 Spring and Autumn Symposia on “Structured Knowledge”, and future plans.

We thank all our donors for their contributions.  Both the funds and the encouragement give much inspiration.

You might donate easily though our Contributions and Donations.  Your donations to our nonprofit educational corporation may be tax-deductible.  We thank you for your help!

More Honorary Associates

More Honorary Associates have joined the Research Group.  See the updated list below and the full list among our Officers, Associates, and Volunteers.

"Things Are Looking Up"

“Things Are Looking Up”


The Takamiya Collection of Medieval Manuscripts and Documents now at the Beinecke Library

The Takamiya Collection of Medieval English Manuscripts assembled by our Associate Toshiyuki Takamiya over decades since 1968 has now moved to the Beinecke Library at Yale, where it finds a welcoming home.  In 2017, this transfer yields an impressive series of events and an illustrated catalogue in full color:

  • an exhibition at the Library showcases highlights of this collection together with selected manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: Making the Medieval English Book, on display from 1 September to 10 December 2017,
  • an associated conference on 6–7 October 2017 focuses on the scope of the collection, with contributions by numerous experts (including some Associates of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, among them Toshiyuki Takamiya himself): Conference, and
  • a published catalogue illustrates and describes the collection:  Raymond Clemens, Diane Ducharme, and Emily Ulrich, A Gathering of Medieval English Manuscripts: The Takamiya Collection at the Beinecke Library (Yale University, 2017).

It is a special treat to see both on display at the Beinecke and in the exhibition Catalogue the very Takamiya fragments which, with Toshi’s characteristic generosity, visited the Parker Library and served as focus for our 1994 Seminar on “Medieval Manuscript Fragments”.  For example:  Takamiya MSS 21, 89, and 90 (described and illustrated by Clemens et al., pages 36–37 and 42).

Long View of the Takamiya Collection Exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in September 2017. Photograph by Mildred Budny.

Case Study of the Takamiya Collection Exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in September 2017. Photograph by Mildred Budny.

We look forward to learning more from the Takamiya Collection Conference.


People: Officers, Associates & Volunteers

We celebrate transitions, accomplishments, awards, publications.


Adelaide Bennett holds up the newly presented leaf from a dismembered Book of Hours which she saw, while still whole, years ago.

Adelaide approaching retirement and “Turning Over a New Leaf”

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.

Congratulations for the 2 Sessions in Adelaide’s honor, organized by the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University, at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in May 2017.   Details and some pictures in our 2017 international Congress on Medieval Studies Report.

And now congratulations also for the publication of the collection of essays as Tributes to Adelaide Bennett Hagens:  Manuscripts, Iconography, and the Late Medieval Viewer, edited by Pamela A. Patton and Judith K. Golden (Tournhout, Belgium, 2017), including essays by some Research Group Trustees and Associates.

Congress Sessions in Honor of Scholars, Teachers, Colleagues

Adelaide Bennett Hagens

See above!

Richard K. Emmerson

Congratulations also to our Trustee Richard K. Emmerson for the Sessions in his honor at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies. See, for example, our 2017 International Congress on Medieval Studies Report.

Publications & Awards

       Herbert R. Broderick

Congratulations to Herbert for the award for his publication on Moses the Egyptian in the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch:  London, British Library Cotton MS Claudius B.iv (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017).  (We celebrate the book below.)   Details of the award on the way.

Emily Rose

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.

The Hosts of the Party engage in animated conversation. Photography © Mildred Budny

“Enlightened”: Emily Rose at the 2014 Anniversary Party

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

     Booklet Page 1 of the 'Interview with our Font & Layout Designer' (2015-16)  Leslie J. French

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!

       Mildred Budny

Helen Müller at Home lightened NYC May 1974

With Helen Maguire Muller (Vassar ’44) at her home in New York City, May 1974

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!

Miss Mistie Looks Quizzical. Photography © Mildred Budny.

“Quizzical”. Photography © Mildred Budny.

   A CopyCat Editor also Volunteers

Just for fun and pun, an interview with our CopyCat Editor In Residence, a lovely Purrsian cat who sometimes, when we have the occasion to house-sit for her, gives expert advice and encouragement for the preparations of our Events.  Naturally, we serve as willing Lap for her as LapCat, while we work at the LapTop, all in LapTipTop Fashion.

As volunteer CopyCat Editor, she often sprawls across our proof-sheets or photographs (with permission).  In this way, she beautifully Lies Down On The Job.

Our first exclusive interview with her — Center Fold in our blog — has led, by popular request, to the opening of her very own Fan Page.

Appointments and Promotions

Clair Fanger

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.  We congratulate him on his move to the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz in 2017.

Gregory T. Clark

Dustjacket cover for the book on 'Art in a Time of War' (2016) by Gregory T. Clark, including part of an illuminated manuscript image from a Book of Hours made in Paris circa 1415 to 1425Congratulations 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.

Morgan Library and Museum, MS M.1000, folio 148 verso, reproduced by permission

Morgan Library and Museum, MS M.1000, folio 148 verso

Front Cover for 'The Erdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology', edited by Corby Finney.

A magnificent accomplishment.

Paul Corby Finney

Congratulations to Paul Corby Finney for the magnificent set of illustrated volumes which offer a comprehensive guide to the complex, wide-ranging, and endlessly fascinating materials which represent the legacy, and challenges, of Early Christian Art and Archaeology.  A labor of love, pertinacity, resourcefulness, dedication, and generosity, his editorship of The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology (2017) has resulted, happily, in a substantial publication which graces our shelves in a prominent, and prized place.

We thank Corby for his generous gift of the books, and we happily report that already they have become a regular companion as our researches and conversations about a myriad of subjects guide us to their pages for explanations, descriptions, bibliographical references, and directions for further explorations.  Excellent!

Herbert R. Broderick

Congratulations to Herbert for the publication of his dedicated study of Moses the Egyptian in the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch:  London, British Library Cotton MS Claudius B.iv (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017). Until the online publication of the full digital facsimile of the manuscript in color, it was necessary to study it in person, in photographs, and/or in the full printed facsimile (Copenhagen, 1974, mostly in black-and-white).

© The British Library Board. Claudius MS B. IV, folio 122v. Illustrations for Numbers 20:14. Moses strikes the rock, and more.

© The British Library Board. Claudius MS B. IV, folio 122v. Illustrations for Numbers 20:14. Moses strikes the rock, and more.

It is a manuscript that we know well, from various perspectives, and for some time we have learned from Herbert’s conversations and lectures as this project advanced.  For example, Herbert spoke about his long-term work toward the book for our 2014 Colloquium on When the Dust Has Settled.  Its Booklet includes the Abstract for his paper, entitled “Me and the Man of La Mancha:  Pursuing the Impossible Dream (Considering Moses in the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch)”.

It is a treat to see the accomplished project!

Valerio Cappozzo

Congratulations to Valerio for the publication of the Dizionario dei sogni nel Medioevo. Il Somniale Danielis in manoscritti letterari.  Biblioteca dell’«Archivum Romanicum» – Serie I: Storia, Letteratura, Paleografia, vol. 466 (2018).

Valerio at the Podium at his 'Dream Session' for the 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies. Photograph © Mildred Budny.

Valerio at the Podium at his ‘Dream Session’ for the 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Thanks to Valerio’s skills, collegiality, and generosity, we have learned about this project along some stages of its preparation and refinement, through his papers and his session for us and the Societas Magica at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in 2015 and 2012, as well, magically, through his Booklet for his 2015 Session. Gladly we welcome this illustrated Booklet among our Publications. You may find it freely here: 2015 Congress Accomplished. We thank him for his inspiration, vision, expertise, and friendship.

Valerio’s FaceBook Page for the published volume and its ‘appearances’ in various presentations, reviews, and notices allows us to keep up with its progress and its audience even after the printed publication itself: The Medieval Dream Dictionary.

In his words:

The Medieval Dream Dictionary, composed of entries coming from Latin and vernacular Italian versions of the Somniale Danielis – known as The Dreambook of Daniel the Prophet – which range from the ninth century to the first printed editions through 1550. This manual illustrates more than 3200 years of the history of dream interpretation from Ancient Egypt to today’s web pages. The Dictionary, which gathers this material for the first time, provides not only a better understanding of the medieval and Renaissance oneiric imaginary, but will also allow a practical introduction to the study of literary and artistic dream symbolism.

New Associates

With thanks for their contributions and support, we welcomed new Honorary Invited Associates in our Anniversary Year of 2019:

  • Diane Ducharme
    Archivist, Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Yale University Diane Ducharme
  • Prof. Éric Palazzo
    University of Poitiers ( ) and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Eric Palazzo)</li)
  • Prof. Ronald D Patus
    Special Colections, Vassar College (Ronald D. Patkus on Vassar College Special Collections, Ronald D. Patkus, and Ronald D. Patkus)

    • Vajra Regan
      Centre for Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto (Vajra Regan)</li)
    • Ilona Tuomi
      Department of Early and Medieval Irish, University College Cork (Ilona Tuomi)

    With thanks for their contributions and support, we applaud the Honorary Invited Associates of 2016–2018, here in alphabetical order.

    • Dr. Benjamin L. Albritton
      Stanford University Libraries, Stanford University (Benjamin Albritton)
    • Prof. Alison Altstatt
      Music Department, University of Northern Iowa (Alison Altstatt)
    • Daniel Attrell
      Classical Studies, University of Waterloo (Dan Attrell)
    • 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 (Helen Damico)
    • Mr. Augustine Dickinson
      Centre for Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto (Augustine Dickinson)
    • Ms. Marilyn Hansen
      Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University (Marilyn Hansen)
    • Dr. Eric Johnston
      Rare Books and Manuscript Library, The Ohio State University (Eric Johnston)
    • Dr. Thomas E. Hill
      Art Librarian, Vassar College (Thomas Hill)
    • Prof. Robert Kaster
      Department of Classics, Princeton University (Bob Kaster)
    • Mr. Jesse Meyer
      Pergamena, Montgomery, New York
    Jesse Meyers demonstrates a squirrel skin at the Research Group's Session on Medieval Writing Materials at the 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies

    Jesse at our 2016 Congress Session

    • Prof. Alastair Minnis
      Department of English, Yale University (Alastair Minnis)
    • Dr. Pamela Patton
      Index of Medieval Art (formerly Index of Christian Art), Princeton University (Pamela Patton)
    • 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 (Michael Ryan)
    • Dr. William M. Voelkle
      Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (William Voelkle’s Blog)
    • Prof. Emeritus Thomas Waldman
      Department of History, University of Pennsylvania (Thomas Waldman)

    Our Associates are named in full here.  So glad for their help!

    Our new Emissary Stavros Stavroulias at the 2017 International Congress on Medieval Studies. Photography by Mildred Budny.Our New Emissary

    As part of our Activities at the 2017 International Congress on Medieval Studies, reported partly in the 2017 Congress Report and our Business Meetings, we created a new position and appointed our first Emissary.  Congratulations to Stavros Stavroulias!

    (P.S. Our Honorary Trustee, James Marrow, suggests that we might also appoint a Nuncio. Even more than one. Volunteers?)

    Our Volunteer CopyCat Editor

    An interview with our specially appointed CopyCat Editor describes her traits, habits, and contributions to our activities: Center Fold.

    By popular request, following this event, we formed the Mistie Fan Club, with her very own Fan Page.

    Reports and Booklets

    • Continuing posts for this blog, now with its own Contents List
      List of the Posts grouped by Subjects, Thumbnails Included

    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 our Annual Appeals in succession, we thank all our Donors, Sponsors & Contributors.

    Events & Congress Activities

    I. Seminars, Symposia, Colloquia & Other Events

    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

    Poster for 2014 Symposium on 'Recollections of the Past', laid out in the RGME font Bembino and illustrated with 2 images from a dismembered Book of Hours. Images courtesy of Adelaide BennettOur 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’:

    Updates and Reports appear in our Events Blog.

    Sponsored Panels at the M-MLA Conference in November 2016 and 2017

    For the first time, in 2016 the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence sponsored two Panels at the Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association, held in November at St. Louis, Missouri.  They were organized by Justin Hastings (Department of English, Loyola University College, Chicago).  In keeping with the conference’s theme of “Border States”, it focused upon Marginalia in Manuscripts and Printed Books in North America.

    The success of these panels led to a continuation of the new tradition, with another sponsored panel at the 2017 Conference, held in November at Cleveland. Organized by Justin Hastings, this panel focused upon “Artists, Activists, and Manuscript Evidence”.  Its subjects, responses, and venue have an illustrated 2017 M-MLA Panel Report.

    News & Views

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    II. Activities at the Annual Congress = the International Congress on Medieval Studies

    Invitation for Reception at the 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies co-sponsored by the Societas Magica, the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, and the Index of Christian Art at Princeton UniversityThese Congress Activities include Sessions, both Sponsored and Co-Sponsored.

    On occasion at the Congresses, we also hold

    The full series of activities at the Congress, their preparations, and updates, appears in our Congress Archive.

    The Annual Congresses

    As each next Congress Program comes into view, we announce the Preparations for our Sessions and Activities, including the Call for Papers (once the proposed Sessions have been accepted by the Congress Committee), and then we announce the Program (once the Call for Papers has completed its span and our selection has concluded).  Updates where appropriate, for example as Room Assignments might change.  Also, as is our custom, we aim to publish the Abstracts for the Papers, once the Program has settled into place, and as the Authors allow.  The Indexes of Authors, both by Year and by Surname, provide a useful — and, dare we say? — impressive cast of contributors.

    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).

    Our E-Newsletter

    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.
    Masthead for ShelfMarks, the newsletter of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, laid out in RGME Bembino

    The first issue of the Newsletter ShelfMarks, co-edited by Mildred Budny and our Associate Jim Tigwell, appears in full:
    ShelfMarks, Volume 1, Number 1 (PDF).  You might Subscribe 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

    Front Covers for Volumes I & II of 'Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge: An Illustrated Catalogue' by Mildred Budny, with the title of the publication and the gold-stamped logo of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, co-publisher of the volumesMB Catalogue Cover II logo croppedIn 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’

    Detail of recto of leaf from an Italian Giant Bible. Photography by Mildred Budny

    Budny Handlist 1, Detail

    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.

    Detail of verso of a leaf from the Office of the Dead in a Book of Hours, with the polychrome Initial M (of 'Manus') with an inset pair of trefoil leaves or fruits against gold leaf background. Photograph © Mildred Budny

    M for ‘Manus’

    Blog on ‘Manuscript Studies’

    Our Manuscript Studies blog (2015–) continues to grow, now with its own Contents List.

    The posts for each year through 2022 continue to appear.  See the blog and the Contents List.

    Examples of the range might be glimpsed in the posts for 2016:

    • 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
    • The CopyCat Editor Lying Down On The Job. Photography © Mildred Budny, reproduced by permission.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
    • 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.  Follow the blog and see its Contents List.

    From the Archives

    Logo of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence (colour version)As the Research Group continues to report its history, sampling the records of its activities for presentation on this website, we notice some highlights among recent posts and pages.

    Detail of an opened book in a late-medieval manuscript illustration

    Photography © Mildred Budny

    Indexes of Authors of Abstracts of Papers for Events, including both

    These Indexes perform similar services for the Events as do those (already in place by 2015) for the Congress Papers.


    Image Credits

    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.


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    Red Version of the 'Seal of Approval' logo for the Style Manifesto of the Research Group on Manuscript EvidenceDo you have news to report?
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    New publications to mention, whether books, articles, reviews, notes, or other forms?

    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 or as you provide 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.

    Please Contact Us with your suggestions and improvements for the News & Views.