This week’s Material Piers is dedicated to one of my very favorite manuscripts, the Vernon. That is, Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Eng. poet. a.1, the single most deluxe manuscript of Middle English in existence. Yeah, really, it’s that epic. And if you don’t know about it already, check it out. Odds are, though, if you know me, you already know about my thing for the Vernon.
The reason this week’s blog is all about the Vernon is two-fold.
A. To celebrate an article I have coming out this week in View: Theories and Practices of Visual Culture on “Picturing Queer Desire in the Vernon” (about something other than Piers) I thought it would be great to talk about my favorite deluxe Middle English beauty.
B. Because the Vernon is so big and so complex, it merited its own über post. What better time to talk about it than when we’re talking about the temporality of Piers Plowman anyway (which both last week‘s and next week’s blogs will be about).