IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 233: Challenging Manuscript Boundaries, I: Re-Centring the Edges of Manuscript Production

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Johanna Green, Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute, University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Colleen Curran, Faculty of English Literature & Language, University of Oxford
Paper 233-aJust the Knife Tip: Pricks and Pricking in Lombard Law-Books in the 10th and 11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Thomas Gobbitt, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 233-bReading between the Lines: Overlapping Prick Marks in Two Quires of University of Glasgow Special Collections, MS Hunter 96 (T.4.13)
(Language: English)
Johanna Green, Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute, University of Glasgow
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Technology
Paper 233-cPoints of Law: Pricking in Statuta Angliae Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Stephanie Jane Lahey, Department of English, University of Victoria, British Columbia
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Pricking of the parchment during quire production forms an integral part of preparing the page for writing, guiding the position of the ruling lines laying out the page. Such pricks can appear marginal in many ways, literally appearing at the edge of the page, and, as small holes may be concealed amongst the grain and marginal textures of erratic parchment edges. Analysis of pricks and pricking strategies reveal the fundamentals of manuscript production, selection of materials, and adaption to irregularities and the unexpected. Pricks in the page’s border reveal the knife’s edge – or point! – between re-writing and materials.