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October Program – Beowulf Manuscript

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Colorado Calligraphers’ Guild October Program

How I became “Scribe C “of the Beowulf Manuscript (and what I learned in the process)

Presented by Cheryl Jacobsen

Members: free, Non-members: $10

Members need not register. Non-members please register below

 A Zoom link will be sent to current members and program registrants a few days before the program. This program will be recorded for future viewing. Please contact Ann Hiemstra with questions at workshops@coloradocalligraphers.com.

 Program Description

The Beowulf Manuscript (A.K.A. British Library, Cotton MS Vitellius A. xv, fols. 94r-209v) is the earliest epic written in the English vernacular, but few have looked at the manuscript with the experience of a working scribe. Cheryl Jacobsen will talk about her commission to recreate the 140-page Beowulf manuscript stroke by stroke. Working with Medieval Scholar Jonathan Wilcox, she wrote out both the English Vernacular Minuscule hand and a page-by-page translation in modern English on goat skin in hopes to gain insight on how the medieval scribes may have been thinking and working as they did their jobs. Planning, organizing, and accurately copying this manuscript as well as writing out its modern Seamus Heaney translation was an exciting, challenging, and crazy learning experience.

Join Cheryl as she takes you through her process with a well-illustrated talk and hear why she now calls herself scribe C.


About Cheryl

Cheryl Jacobsen is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Lettering at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She teaches several semester-long calligraphy classes as well as a hands-on history class analyzing historical manuscripts. She is the author of “A Modern Scribe Views Scribes of the Past” in Scraped, Stroked, and Bound: Materially Engaged Readings of Medieval Manuscripts(Brepols 2013). She also runs a freelance studio creating all sorts of exciting modern calligraphic projects and assemblage art. She specializes in organizing things visually & beautifully whether it be words or objects.


October 12
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Colorado Calligraphers’ Guild
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