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100 1 Stokes, Peter A.|q(Peter Anthony),|eauthor.
245 10 English vernacular minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut c. 990-
c. 1035 /|cPeter A. Stokes.
246 14 English vernacular minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut. Circa
264 1 Woodbridge (Suffolk, England) ;|aRochester, New York :
264 4 |c©2014
300 1 online resource (xii, 297 pages) :|billustrations,
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490 1 Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon
Studies ;|vvolume 14
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-254),
appendix, glossary, and indexes.
505 0 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.
520 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.
650 0 English language|yOld English, ca. 450-1100|xWritten
650 0 English language|yOld English, ca. 450-1100|xAlphabet.
650 0 Writing, Minuscule.
655 4 Electronic books.
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776 08 |iPrint version:|aStokes, Peter A. (Peter Anthony).
|tEnglish vernacular minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut c.
990-c. 1035.|dWoodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : D.S.
Brewer, 2014|z9781843843696|w(DLC) 2013362469
830 0 Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon
Studies ;|vv. 14.
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