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Thread #59418 Message #1651634
Posted By: Rapparee
19-Jan-06 - 12:07 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
I am shocked and dismayed that Amos did not know of the existence of the Bruinose (also called "Brunnose", "Brunose", "Brownnez" and other variations to numerous to mention) manuscript. Written in the Scriptorum of the Abbey at Wiscetun (which was completely dismantled by Henry VIII, following which there was a High Exorcism of the site and the ground plowed and sown with salt) between "ye forenoon et noone" on "ye VVIIIth of Augustea 1217" by one "Frater Magnum Amoris" it predates the "Canterbury Tales" (and Chaucer himself) by a few years. Indeed, it is thought by some that Geoffy (as his friends called him) may have studied there and stolen the manuscript at some point -- this is reinforced by notations in the margins reading "Goode onee" and "Geoff Chaucer: Ye Ladie's Preffarance" (as well as some more surrilous and demeaning other poets of the Chaucer's period).
The manuscript is to be found in the closed cases of the Library of the Magdalene at Trinity College.