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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1048: Scribes and Students' Cultures and Paratexts

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1048-aThe Marginal Drawings in a Copy of Gregory IX's 'Decretales' (University of Oregon Special Collections & University Archives, MS 027)
(Language: English)
Zoey Kambour, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon
Index terms: Art History - General, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 1048-bIn Sorbona quando sumus: Richard de Basoches' Notes from Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Lat. 3074
(Language: English)
Florina Rodica Hariga, Facultatea de Istorie și Filosofie, Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Education, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Philosophy
Paper 1048-cScribal Signatures, Stock Phrases, and Foliage Symbolism: An Assessment of Particular Mottoes in the Paratext of Middle English Literary Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Yasmin Ibrahim, Department of English, King's College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Paper -a:
The University of Oregon owns a richly interacted copy of Pope Gregory IX's 'Decretales', one of the most important and popular compilations of papal law in the Middle Ages. Among the original text from 1290, at least eight different hands left their mark in this manuscript through gloss, bracket faces, manicules, and more. Through a combination of detailed compiled paleographic data and research on medieval literacy practices, this paper argues that the density of marginal drawings within this copy of the 'Decretales' of Gregory IX demonstrates that an accessible method of textual interaction for medieval students was through artistic expression, despite their lack of formal artistic training.

Paper -b:
The aim of this paper is to analyse the specific concepts and themes of interest for a medieval student from the Sorbonne, Richard de Basoches, exactly how they appear in his notes from the manuscript Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Lat. 3074. The actual notes reveal and reflect the university and classroom milieu from the Middle Ages (14th century), the networks that were created between different scholars and students, the connections that were made between concepts, ways of teaching and understanding the aspects that were taught, and also the authors, the sources that were approached.

Paper -c:
This paper looks at certain seemingly unrelated written and visual features collocated in the paratext of a few manuscripts containing works of Middle English literature including: London British Library, MS Sloane 1212, Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, MS Anglais 39, and New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, MS 126. It attempts to decipher the meaning, relationship, and function of these habitually juxtaposed features which may include: a scribe's signature, imagery of foliage, numerals, and phrases in French and English. By recognising that these features are entangled across more than one manuscript, this paper suggests that scribes were communicating messages that operated both at the level of the personal and the communal.