The second transcribathon

EMPOP held its second transcribathon over April 10th, 11th, and 12th. Several participants carried on our collective transcript of Folger MS V.a.339. Philip Allfrey, starting each day early in New Zealand, tripled his award-winning effort on the Latin prose in the book (before turning to our next manuscript). His transcripts of V.a.339 make it easier to trace the principal compiler’s movement from one work by Wolfgang Musculus to another, and then to a prayer by Lancelot Andrewes. Students in a Shakespeare class at VCU continued work on 201v-206r, having read some of the same poems in print.

Most participants, however, turned to EMPOP’s new source, held at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin—Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts 79. About two dozen contributors joined forces to begin this project—from Australia, New Zealand, France, England, Canada, and the United States, at least (please let us know if we’re overlooking your country: empopstars at gmail dot com). Most concentrated on the poems that begin on p. 65, many of them libels and several of them unique. Check out one measure of their progress:

Behind those numbers are the efforts of several new contributors, several original EMPOP stars, and the members of a student group at VCU, the Superscripts:

This time, though, most contributors worked alone—more or less:

Thanks to everyone who worked with us to make a strong start on Ransom Center M&EM 79, and kept us moving forward on Folger V.a.339. 


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