IES Unfinished Business Seminar: Danielle Magnussen

Fact or Fiction?: Questions Surrounding the History of HM 1

I will be doing a case study of Huntington library manuscript HM 1, otherwise known as the Wakefield or Towneley manuscript. This manuscript offers us a rare window into the world of British drama prior to Shakespeare. The manuscript contains 32 biblical plays in English, thought to have been performed by craft guilds in the Wakefield area in the late middle ages. During the 19th and early 20th centuries the manuscripts passed through the hands of some of the most famous collectors, scholars and book dealers in England and America. I’ll be concentrating on this in particular, focusing on some of the more puzzling aspects of the manuscript’s commercial history.

Author: 
Institute of English Studies
Speaker(s): 
Danielle Magnussen
Event date: 
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 - 1:00pm