Sunday, February 10, 2013

Medievalist roots

A  historian of my acquaintance posted the following picture to Facebook to illustrate why he became a medievalist:

Quite a laudable reason!

Then I realized that I too could illustrate my medievalist roots.  And no, it has nothing to do with deeds of arms:
Yes, Richard III's signature! 

I attribute my medievalism not to being something of a Ricardian as a teenager -- though I was -- but  to the script which he  used to sign his name (in a better exemplar than any I found on the web).

I wanted to read and write that script.

Little did I know I would someday be sitting in the Bodleian with a manuscript from the 5th century -- but  I have.

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