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VMs: Re: The author's motivation
This makes sense
> [Glen:] My hypothesis is fairly well known, that the VMS author
> was a religiously trained physician but probably remained in the
> clergy during his lifetime instead of seeking private practice.
The religious training makes sense. However, I am not sure about
he having remained "in the clergy". The naked nymphs, and the
almost absolute lack of Christian imagery, seem incompatible with
the values required of a priest or monk.
Rather, he may have been someone like Dee or Jacobus: with religious
training, often working for and with the clergy, but still a layman.
> We know from the ragged edges that the vellum leaves are not the
> cleanly cut and sized vellum leaves that would be purchased by
> wealthier individuals, but sale-priced end-pieces, some with
> stitching where the vellum was scored or separated by the
> tanner's knife. It's unlikely this scoring happened later, so
> this may be an indication of the "cost" of production.
> We do have several examples of mansucripts that were made by
> scribes for purchase by rich patrons, and none of these that I
> know of have the same vellum problems. (perhaps someone can
> point to an example?).
This is a good point.
> This being the case, we might also assume the author did his own
Or kept it unbound. Note that this would make sense, if the VMS
was not so much a "textbook" as a "notebook".
> Askham's Sacro-Bosco translation of 1526-27 was meant for a
> patron, and presumably for printing, and was written on
> medium-to-poor quality parchment, not vellum.
Hm.. presumably, some patrons had bigger wallets than other, and some
of them were more concerned about the contents than about the looks.
> There's very little we can know about the ink, which is probably
> the most telling of the entire manuscript in terms of physical
> information. If, as I assume, the author made his own ink
> compounds and paints from local ingredients, an analysis of the
> ink would provide us some very detailed information about where
> the manuscript originated.
We may not need a physical analysis; a simple visual inspection (or a
high-resolution image *with calibrated colors*) may be enough.
All the best,