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Collaborative Codex: Design Team Group Reflection

Introduction The modern MS codex project set itself apart from other class projects in the sense that it truly required the collaboration of the whole class. The four teams have been like cogs in a well-oiled machine and it has

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What’s in a Manuscript?

  From Parchment to Poet The week’s (Week 6) discussions opened up a side to Medieval English literature that we had not considered before. Readers have the habit of giving praise only to the author; little beyond the words is

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Chaucer’s Proverbs

In 1965, an article written by scholar George B. Pace for the journal Studies in Bibliography made one point clear about Chaucer’s Proverbs: no matter how we try, currently it is impossible for us to conclude whether Proverbs was indeed

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Chaucer’s Complaint of Mars: Love and Fate in the Middle Ages

For many people living in fourteenth century love was complicated. Not only did one have to win the heart of their lover, but also hope that none above them had other designs in mind. The average man during this time

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Alchemy in the Middle Ages

Of the images that we had the opportunity to look at, this one reminded us of the passage in “The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale,” in which the tools used in alchemy are described: “Violes, croslets, and sublymatories, /Cucurbites, and alembykes eek,

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