Adventures in Reference: The Winchester Manuscript

Winchester Manuscript

Cryptic question from a student: “I need the Winchester Manuscript.”

Initial response: “Okay!...I’m going to have to Google that.”

Interesting things learned:

  • The Winchester Manuscript is a particular version of Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory that was found in the Winchester College library.
  • The handwritten manuscript differs from the version of the work typeset by William Caxton in 1485.
  • It is believed to be the version closest to Malory’s original.
  • Our library owns a copy of the facsimile of the Winchester Manuscript. Fun!

I love a good excuse to learn about something weird and fascinating and beautiful!