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Author Stokes, Peter A. (Peter Anthony), author.

Title English vernacular minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut c. 990-c. 1035 / Peter A. Stokes.

Published Woodbridge (Suffolk, England) ; Rochester, New York : D.S. Brewer, 2014.


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Physical description 1 online resource (xii, 297 pages) : illustrations, facsimiles, maps.
Series Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies ; volume 14
Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies ; v. 14.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-254), appendix, glossary, and indexes.
Contents Background -- Attributions of origin -- Scribal change in bookhands and charters : the 'tall and narrow' hands -- Scribal continuity in bookhands and charters : the 'square-influenced' hands -- Glosses and scribbles.
Summary A new, distinct script, English vernacular minuscule, emerged in the 990s, used for writing in Old English. It appeared at a time of great political and social upheaval, with Danish incursions and conquest, continuing monastic reform, and an explosion of writing and copying in the vernacular, including the homilies of Alfric and Wulfstan, two different recensions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, two of the four major surviving manuscripts of Old English poetry (the 'Beowulf' and 'Junius' books), and many original royal and ecclesiastical diplomas, writs and wills. However, although these important manuscripts and documents have been studied extensively, this has tended to be in isolation or small groups, never before as a complete corpus, a gap which this volume aims to rectify. It opens with the historical context, followed by a thorough reexamination of the evidence for dating and localising examples of the script. It them offers a full analysis of the complete corpus of surviving writing in English vernacular minuscule, datable approximately from its inception in the 990s to the death of Cnut in 1035. While solidly grounded in palaeographical methodology, the book introduces more innovative approaches: by examining all of the approximately 500 surviving examples of the script as a whole rather than focusing on selected highlights, it presents a synthesis of the handwriting in order to identify local practices, new scribal connections, and chronological and stylistic developments in this important but surprisingly little-studied script. Peter Stokes is Senior Lecturer at King's College London.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject English language -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- Written English.
English language -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- Alphabet.
Writing, Minuscule.
Electronic books.
Variant Title English vernacular minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut. Circa 990-circa 1035
ISBN 9781782042402 (electronic bk.)
1782042407 (electronic bk.)