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Thoughts on colour...
While idly flicking through my copy of Brewers today (as you do), I found
the entry for "rubric":-
Rubric (Latin rubrica terra "red earth").
The Romans called an ordinance or law a
rubric, because it was written with vermilion.
The liturgical directions and titles in a Prayer
Book are known as the Rubrics because these
were (...) printed in red.
(...which linked to...)
A lucky day; a day to be recalled with delight.
In Almanacs, and more commonly in
ecclesiastical calendars, important feast-days
and saints' days were printed in red, with
other days in black.
Glen Claston recently directed me to look at almanackes that were usually
found as part of bibles of the period - this lead me to "golden number"
moons (AKA the Metonic cycle), which were represented in those almanackes
by being drawn in gold (or yellow).
ISTM that information structuring and indexing in medieval manuscripts
often relied on colour... of which we have plenty in the VMS. :-)
So, today's question is: has anyone tried to definitively catalogue - apart
from as part of the main interlinear document - the use of colour in the
VMS? Given the above, this would surely seem to be the first place to look
for evidence of code-tables, cribs, and/or hints - possibly written in a
separately decodable language.
For example: to my eyes, the circular 12-entry ring of red-letter text on
f67r seems to be structured quite differently from similar label-like texts
elsewhere in the VMS. And the red symbols on f1r are also very curious.
And finally: Galen associated Sanguine <--> red, Phlegmatic <--> white,
Choleric <--> yellow, and Melancholic <--> black. Are there any diagrams or
images in the VMS that seem to arrange these colours in an
information-bearing way? (Aside from the red/yellow stars beside the many
short undiagrammed paragraphs towards the end of the VMS).
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....