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Re: The Cookery of Elizabethan Writing
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0536  Thursday, 25 March 1999.

[1]     From:   James Marino <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 09:30:07 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0524 The Cookery of Elizabethan Writing

[2]     From:   David Knauer <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 14:28:49 -0600
        Subj:   RE: The Cookery of Elizabethan Writing


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From:           James Marino <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 09:30:07 -0700
Subject: 10.0524 The Cookery of Elizabethan Writing
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0524 The Cookery of Elizabethan Writing

The amazing Uncle Mike is supported on some of his OE words:  Arthur
Borden Jr.'s Comprehensive Old English Dictionary cites "writingfeder"
as a "pen", along with "writingisen" and "writyren".  This last, which
seems to be a compound of "write" and "iron", may refer to the fact that
the verb includes engraving and inscribing as well as writing with ink.
As to "writseax" Borden again supplies only "pen, stylus".  "Hreod" he
defines only as the plant or the product of the plant, as in the
compound "hreodgyrr", a fishing pole. Unfortunately Borden does not
include citations or the original context references, and I don't have
J. R. Clark Hall's dictionary to hand. I think we can score some marks
for Uncle Mike.

Cheers,
James

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From:           David Knauer <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 14:28:49 -0600
Subject:        RE: The Cookery of Elizabethan Writing

To take up only one of Mike Jensen's uncle's questions: I don't know
about manufactured ink for sale, but there are lots of Elizabethan
recipes for making it at home.  When I was at the Folger recently,
looking through MS commonplace books for something else, I found several
recipes for black ink, even within the same book, suggesting that these
formulas were collected and traded among individuals, much the way food
recipes and home remedies were.  The ingredients were largely unknown to
me, and unfortunately, I didn't have time to copy any of them.

David Knauer
 

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