Posted on 11/18/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Now that we keep finding fragments of long-lost medieval manuscripts in books, it’s time to up the wow factor of the discoveries.
So here goes the story of Dr. Tamara Atkin from Queen Mary University of London.
Atkin found not one but two influential poems in the binding of a 1528 book in Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, reports the Guardian.
And one of those poems, the Siège d’Orange, is generally agreed to have been written in the late twelfth century, but no physical copies of it have been found.
Until Atkin’s discovery of a late thirteenth-century copy, that is.
The other fragment she found came from another twelfth-century poem, the Roman de Tristan.
That’s only the second copy of the poem ever discovered; the previously known evidence of it came from a thirteenth-century manuscript and differs from what Atkin unturned — showing it circulated more than originally thought.
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