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Re: VMs: dating the VMs

Hi Maurizio,

At 18:53 23/02/2004 +0100, Maurizio Gavioli wrote:
1) Normally you don't write a *book* from scratch. Either you copy it from an exemplar (if it is somebody else's work) or you assemble it from notes, minutes, etc.

It seems likely to me that the chancery practice around normal (letter-sized) ciphertexts would be to have a clerk encode or decode them on a wax tablet (circa 1400-1500), before making a more permanent copy for the diplomatic archives. It also seems likely to me that the production of the VMs may have involved a scaled-up version of this same kind of process.

Any evidence for or against this idea would be welcome! :-)

The absence of ruling surprised me. I have to confess that I cannot correlate this with a date (mainly because of my ignorance); I would have assumed that vellum ruling was the norm (with possible, rare, exceptions).

Don't forget there are some apparent rulings on f67r2: as Philip Neal points out, the bottom line appears to be more constrained by the *top* of the rulings (look at the top of the gallows) than kept in line with the bottom, which seems (to me) to be an unusual feature for European mss.


Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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