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Hoccleve Manuscripts

(6 August 2018)

Join Professor Linne Mooney on Wednesday, 17 October, 5.30pm-8.00pm, at Palace Green Library as she discusses the life and copying habits of the poet Thomas Hoccleve, a clerk of the royal Office of the Privy Seal and a self-proclaimed disciple of Geoffrey Chaucer. Contact for more information about this event.

From previously identifying Hoccleve’s father as a Draper of London, she’ll follow Hoccleve through further appearances of himself, his family and associates, in city records and piece together more evidence for his personal life and the influences upon it that become evident in his literary writings.

Professor Mooney held the position of Professor of Medieval English Palaeography at the University of York from 2004-2018. She had previously been Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maine in the USA for two decades, during which time she was frequently in the UK conducting research supported by various grants.

In 2004, she identified the handwriting of Chaucer's Ellesmere and Hengwrt manuscripts of The Canterbury Tales with that of a London Scrivener, Adam Pinkhurst, and this discovery led to further identifications of the scribes responsible for copying early manuscripts of works by Chaucer, Gower, Langland, Hoccleve and Trevisa. These latter identifications resulted from research on a major AHRC grant in 2007-11, and with publication of the book, Scribes and the City with Estelle Stubbs in 2013. Research for her current investigations into the handwriting of Thomas Hoccleve, about which she will speak, have been on-going throughout this period.

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