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Launch: Neo-Latin Poetry in English Manuscript Verse Miscellanies

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You are invited to the launch of 'Neo-Latin Poetry in English Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, c. 1550-1700', a Leverhulme-funded project led by Dr Victoria Moul (King's College London).

The launch will begin with a drinks reception at 5pm in the River Room on KCL's Strand Campus.

Short presentations about the project and some of its preliminary findings will take place at 5.30pm. As well as providing a chance to talk to those working on the project and others working in related areas, this event will showcase some images of these stunning manuscripts, which are being examined and transcribed for the very first time.

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Several thousand English manuscript verse miscellanies survive from the period 1550-1700, a time in which the work of many major poets (such as Donne and Herbert) circulated only or largely in manuscript. Existing scholarship has however ignored the thousands of contemporary Latin poems in these sources, even though such Latin poetry is frequently topical (for instance, political praise or satire) and very often in close conversation with English poems. A large quantity of early modern poetry, especially epigrams but also longer poems, circulated in bilingual English-Latin pairs. Manuscript miscellanies, unlike most printed works, reveal not only what was written, but also what was read - the poems that an individual compiler admired enough to copy or transcribe from memory. This project for the first time attempt to survey this corpus, breaking the silence surrounding the bilingualism of British poetic culture at this period, and demonstrating the centrality of neo-Latin poetry in early modern England.

Funded by a research project grant from the Leverhulme Trust of just under half a million pounds over four years, the project team consists of two post-doctoral fellows and two PhD students working under the guidance of the PI, Dr Victoria Moul. All transcriptions and translations will be recorded in TEI-XML form in the hope that the data will eventually be incorporated directly into library catalogues and finding-aids (which often offer little guidance on the Latin contents of these manuscripts), and also to maximise the opportunities for future analysis and presentation of the data in digital form. The project will also produce a series of scholarly articles and a book addressing both the practical challenges and also the historical and literary interest of working on early modern Latin verse in manuscript.

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