Making something out of nothing: Tracing the story of a medieval manuscript at Cambridge University Library

Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group
Dr Andrew Dunning, Munby Visiting Fellow in Bibliography, Faculty of History
The Richard King Room, Darwin College
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 13:10 to 14:00

What clues do we have to help us tell the stories of people who lived hundreds of years ago? This paper traces the journey of a 13th-century manuscript at Cambridge University Library (Gg.6.42) from Cirencester Abbey in Gloucestershire to Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire. At first glance, this book would seem to be a dead end for learning about the mysterious Geoffrey who wrote it in the 1240s. We will see how it is possible to combine textual, material, and archival evidence to identify this person and discover a story of political intrigue that surrounds this book.

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