The same questions raise their heads over and over:
One question, for example, is just how this rag got to be an authority on ancient mysteries:
According to the Daily Mail “cutting-edge analysis and infrared techniques will be used to try to read the ancient prose”.
There needs to be a comma after Mail. Apart from that:
The Birmingham Mail reports that Michael Richardson, from the University of Bristol’s special collections library was examining some volumes published in the 1500s that were written by Jean Gerson (1363- 1429), a noted theologian and Church reformer. Richardson, as he opened one of the volumes, saw something curious. He found seven fragments of a handwritten manuscript that had been bound into the book.
Immediate questions include how long the UofB Humanities Dept has been going for, when the text came into its possession, why no one had read the text before and noticed the fragments?
On the latter question, the answer, I’d suggest, is that they weren’t there when countless scholars before her were reading them.
Obviously I have no direct proof and am not going to start flinging accusations about this ‘academic’ but I am going to make reference to our current times, about university funding, about Bristol itself, about academia itself today … and about ethics in general.
Apart from that, was there anything else which raised red flags? Well yes:
A lucky discovery in a rare book has the potential to transform our knowledge …
The find is an astounding one and it is already changing our understanding …
The librarian promptly contacted Dr. Leah Tether, who is a leading figure in the International Arthurian Society, a group dedicated to the research of the legends, history, and literature on King Arthur. Dr. Tether immediately compiled a team of specialists to investigate the fragments and they were amazed at what they discovered. The Irish Examiner reports that the “seven pieces are thought to come from the Old French sequence of texts known as the Vulgate Cycle or Lancelot-Grail Cycle, dating back to the 13th century”.