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The Boring, Ugly, and Unimportant – Biases in Manuscript Research

Originally posted on medievalfragments:
By Jenneka Janzen As I carry out my dissertation research, I’ve spent some time thinking about the role aesthetics play in which manuscripts are studied, and which ones are deemed too boring, unimportant, or ugly to…

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(23) The Probable Use of a Meaningless Object

This is what ¬†I know to this point about the Codex from Rohonc. The drawings show a Christian content, with Jesus as main character, blessing everybody, his tormentors included. Even if the themes are recognizable, in many cases they stray … Continue reading

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(22) On When and Where

The Codex was found in 1838, in Count Gusztav Batthyany’s library from his Rohonc estate, after he donated his 30.000 books to the Hungarian Academy. The town is now called Rechnitz, is in Austria, close to the Hungarian border. The … Continue reading

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(21) Who Dunnit

Honourable Judge, respected Members of the Jury, The person who created this abomination, this distorted instrument of worship, is still at large. The reputable organizations Heretics for the Stake and Hexenhammer have not succeeded to produce the cunning scoundrel to … Continue reading

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(20) Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

There is no point in discussing the aesthetic of the Codex. Somebody called it the”ugly duckling” of the undeciphered¬† manuscripts. The drawings are unsightly on the verge of ridiculous. The script doesn’t look much better. I think we can settle … Continue reading

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(19) Hic Sunt Serpentes

The Codex script is apparently divided into chapters, probably fourteen. The ambiguity comes from the difference between various supposed dividers. Whereas one is very elaborate some are slightly embellished, others are mere lines of uncertain function, or something that could … Continue reading

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(18) !rorriM

Both the drawings and the script reveal, after analysis, the central character of the Codex: it is Jesus Christ. But, after you get to know them better, they suggest yet another theme, a self-imposed rule that is followed by the … Continue reading

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