Transcribing Faith

Calligraphic commonplace-book

While this manuscript, dated between 1590 and 1620, is described in our catalog as a commonplace book, it might better be described as a calligraphic compilation, written out by the little-known English scribe Henry Feilde, whose work includes copies of sermons by John Donne, now held by the Bodleian Library, and a manuscript copy of Ephemeris Chirographorum quorum dam Memorabiliam Succincta owned by the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Newberry's short manuscript, featuring Feilde's distinctive hand and red and black decorations throughout, is a mix of religious, political, and practical texts, including a Middle English lyric that uses a charter as a metaphor to consider the Crucifixion; poems written before the execution of individuals, including one who participated in a plot to kill Elizabeth I, and another who signed the death warrant for Charles I; and a table related to the shires of England. View: Catalog record | Digitized item | PDF

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