Looking for a Map to the De Vere Bible Annotations?

Posted By on September 5, 2016

A growing collection of 16th century manicules is available on pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/carter0184/manicules/

A growing collection of 16th century manicules is available on pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/carter0184/manicules/

I continue to get inquiries along the lines of, “how do we know those manicules (see previous two posts) are really in de Vere’s handwriting?”

This is a legitimate question deserving of a leisurely analysis in the not-to-distant-future.

On the other hand I happen to have in my files some background materials that I’ve been preparing for some time now to provide a more comprehensive review of  the handwriting question more generally, including the manicules and other design elements from the Bible.

The advent of high resolution image capacity can cast a new and revealing light on  relevant pages and parts of pages of the de Vere Bible, clearing away several popular misconceptions, promulgated by Tom Veal, Tom Reedy, and the Oxfraud gang among others, that could not be fully  addressed at the time of the dissertation due to questions of sample resolution.

This post is about another kind of “map,” the map to all the passages that are marked in the Bible and which Shakespeare passages, if any, allude to those marked verses.

Originally this was Appendix G of the dissertation, but has been greatly supplemented with additional findings since the dissertation version and is being made generally available in public here in .pdf  for the first time.

You know what to do:

The Map.

This is a large file of over 170 pages.

More manicules….

Posted By on September 4, 2016


Manicule from de Vere Bible pointing to Psalm 30.

The attached .pdf shows a close comparison between the manicules of the de Vere bible and those found in the volume of Tyndale’s Exposition (1548) recently brought to light on ShakesVere. 

Comparison of multiple examples allows the examiner to see for the first time the way the samples form patterns that are distinct from their representational content. There is a clear divergence between the two samples in terms of the way the writer idealizes the shape of the manicule in his mind and then translates that image onto the page.

Manicules compared.

The example is a good illustration of how important it is to compare multiple exemplars of a form in order to see how the samples diverge (or, if they are in fact of common origin, converge). This evidence in my opinion fairly definitively rules out the possibility that both samples are by one writer.  I had hoped to see otherwise, but that’s what it looks to me.

Design Elements in the de Vere Bible Annotations

Posted By on September 3, 2016


Colorful fleur-de-lis design from II Macabees in the de Vere Geneva Bible.

Attached by pdf please find Fleur-de-lis designs and Manicules in the de Vere Bible Geneva Bible, Folger Shelfmark 1427 (STC 2106).

de vere manicules


Some Free Advice for BeMore Stratfordistas

Posted By on August 14, 2016

Here is a free  suggestion for aspiring Oxfraudians who want to follow in the footsteps of great scholars like James Shapiro or Tom Reedy.

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