No two Spalding Gray performances are alike, and a scholar’s new digital tool allows comparison of Gray’s performance notebooks from “Swimming to Cambodia.”
Letters from Queen Elizabeth about Mary Queen of Scots
This was a highly important cache of letters unknown to historians and biographers, covering an important but little-known period in the long captivity of Mary, Queen of Scots. The letters were written to Sir Ralph Sadler while he was entrusted with the custody of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1584 to 1585. Some are also signed by Lord Burghley, Francis Walsingham and the Earl of Leicester. The letters address such subjects as the conditions and security of the Scottish Queen’s confinement, and her negotiations with Queen Elizabeth. For more details about the letters please visit the source.
Have you noticed how beautiful are the great artists’ signatures. Take a look to our entire collection (584 signatures) here: http://goo.gl/pC5qzT.
Oscar Wilde’s “Heart’s Yearnings” written as an undergraduate at Magdalen College Oxford in 1874. (via)
A 20th-century manuscript of codes (including runes) from Iceland: Einkaeign 1 (1928).
I came across this fascinating Icelandic paper manuscript completely by accident, while searching for more digitized medieval manuscripts (e.g. a prayer book, law book, book of romances, and fragment). I have written about post-medieval manuscripts before, but none as young as this one, from 1928! It is still very much a manuscript, written by hand with pen and ink, and is a lovely example of how scribal culture continued to thrive in Iceland for hundreds of years after the Middle Ages. This manuscript also differs from others I have written about in that it does not contain sagas, laws, or other narrative accounts, but codes, including several pages of different types of runes. The images here are representative of some of the different sections in the book.
The title page (photo 1) reads Rún: rúnaletur o[g] fl[eiri] ritað fyrir Magnús Steingrímsson, Hólum í Staðardal 1928 (‘Rune: runic (or, ‘coded’) writing and other things, composed for Magnús Steingrímsson, [of the farmstead] Hólum in Staðardal, 1928’). This indicates the manuscript was commissioned, but it is unclear for what purpose.
The images are from Handrit.is. The full manuscript (114 images) can be seen here: http://handrit.is/en/manuscript/imaging/is/Einkaeign-0001#0000r-FB.
My mother works so hard
And for bread she needs some lard.
She bakes the bread. And makes the bed.
And when she’s threw
She feels she’s dayd.