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dc.contributor.author Blanchfield, Lynne Sandra
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-23T16:00:42Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-23T16:00:42Z
dc.date.issued 1991
dc.identifier.citation Blanchfield, L. S. (1991) '"An Idiosyncratic Scribe". A Study of the Practice and Purpose of Rate, the Scribe of Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 61', Department of English, Aberystwyth University en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3308
dc.description.abstract Ashmole 61 contains five popular romances: Sir Isumbras, The Earl of Tolouse, Libeus Disconeus, Sir Cleges, and Sir Orfeo. These are compiled with 38 preaching, teaching and entertaining verse texts. This thesis examines the practice, purpose and personality of Rate, a scribal editor working around 1480-1500. Chapter 1 provides a full palaeographical description of the manuscript, with discussion of the often perplexing features of its make-up. Chapter 2 examines the nature and purpose of Rate's scribal editing. Chapter 3 suggests the possible identity of the scribe and his social background. Chapter 4 provides information in tabular and note form on the manuscript context of each item. In volume two, all 43 texts are transcribed, with editorial notes and pertinent collations, ending with a critical survey and the bibliography. The study explores the creative-destructive function of a medieval scribe, demonstrating how a deliberate policy of adaptation in Ashmole 61 is at work, undermined by a lack of expertise in assimilating changes. Variants have been attributed to Rate only if consistent with modes of omission, addition and alteration that are well-attested throughout the manuscript as a whole. The texts themselves are re-shaped in order to express family unity and piety on the one hand, and on the other a strong anti-Semitic devotion to the Passion of Christ in the cult of the Five Wounds, which provides a significant interpretation of Rate's sketches of fish, roses, hexafoil and shield. Since the scribal dialect was localized in North-East Leicestershire, the combination of the scribal editing, the devotional bias and the curious sketches, suggests links with the Corpus Christi Guild of Leicester, and with medieval pilgrimage. Far from being a "minstrel's storybook", the manuscript was either the library of a devout, literate merchant, or, with slightly more evidence, the handbook of a family chaplain. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title "An Idiosyncratic Scribe". A Study of the Practice and Purpose of Rate, the Scribe of Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 61 en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en


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