Those authors in the spring issue of JEBS
who mention using VAA to evaluate teachers advise against it.
readers, the argument for Leicester provenance based not only on LALME but also on the manuscript's connections with Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ashmole 61, which is linked to Leicester by several of the texts it contains (and Johnston's having shown elsewhere that these two manuscripts share a paper stock; JEBS
15, 85-100), may be of greatest interest.
See also: Linne Mooney, "Chaucer's Scribe," Speculum 81 (2006): 97-138; Simon Horobin, "The Edmund-Fremund Scribe Copying Chaucer," JEBS
12 (2009): 195203; H.
This elegantly written and purposeful book is very well produced by the British Library (its format is that of Lotte Hellingas recent book on Caxton, reviewed in JEBS
Perhaps of more general interest to JEBS
readers is Erik Kwakkel's essay on "Discarded Parchment as Writing Support in English Manuscript Culture.
The second essay, "Cura pastoralis in deserto," gives an account of the production, traffic, and consumption of books among the English Carthusian houses, and will be of much interest to JEBS
Mooney first identified his hand in "A New Scribe of Chaucer and Gower," JEBS
7 (2004), 131-40.
In particular, the 2001 edition of the Syon library catalogue with the appended Carthusian booklists (Vincent Gillespie and Ian Doyle) has encouraged valuable Birgittine scholarship such as Syon Abbey and its Books and Saint Birgitta, Syon and Vadstena (reviewed JEBS
This handsome Festschrift for Christopher de Hamel emulates the appearance of the volume of essays published in honor of Toshiyuki Takamiya (The Medieval Book and a Modern Collector, reviewed JEBS
9, 2006), although from a different publisher.
Readers of JEBS
will also appreciate the author's stress on the manuscript context of many of the texts he addresses.
The artifacts of medieval reading that the Early Book Society examines, in conversations, conference panels, and here in JEBS
, testify to the specific acts of reading through which those reading selves were formed or reformed.
However, the major interest for readers of JEBS
will be in the books rather than the men: the manuscripts that Leland found, and where he found them, such as Ecgberht's at Salisbury, Lawrence of Durham's at Durham, and Stephen Langton's "which were extant even recently in the library of Stratford, near the banks of the river Lea" (plus one work "which was moved from Canterbury to Oxford, where I once found it in Canterbury College").