Paleographical Challenge #63

April 24, 2020

By Kathryn James

Today’s guest manuscript arrives courtesy of Mitch Fraas, Senior Curator of Special Collections at Penn’s Kislak Center for Special Collections.  Check back on Monday to find its identity and a suggested transcription, here on the Paleographical Challenge.

A suggested transcription for yesterday’s guest manuscript below:

Anno domini 1581

Hercules Frauncys
their thirde sonne, was borne at London, wer
to St Johns on Wensdaye the xxiith of de
cenber being St. Johns daye.  betwene vii
+ Nyne of the Clocke in the forenoonem in
the xxvv ty yeare of Qwene Elizabeth, and
was chrystened on frydaye the fythe Daye of

Book of hours, use of Salisbury.  Bruges, ca. 1455.  The Newberry Library, Vault Case MS 35.  With a Thomas Becket bonus video, on censorship later in the book…