Farewell Joe Dever / Medieval Manuscript Marginalia

Farewell Joe Dever

I just found out that Joe Dever, the author behind the Lone Wolf books and other books and games, has died.

His Choose Your Own Adventure books are great. I didn’t own any as a kid, but lent a few from friends who had them. Twenty years later I bought some and again rediscovered them another ten years later.

As his millennium gift Joe Dever made his books available free of charge online.


Well, here’s my Choose your own Goodbye:

1 If you wish to bid him farewell turn to 2

2 You say “I bid you farewell, my brother. May the luck of the gods go with you.” [1]Joe Dever. “Flight from the Dark.”, Section 349



Medieval Manuscript Marginalia

This morning Radio 4’s Today programme talked about marginalia in medieval manuscripts [2]I was quite tempted to spell it mediæval.

You can listen to it online, the segment about the marginalia starts at 1:43:40


In this segment Dr. Johanna Green from the University of Glasgow looks at the doodles and ink flow tests in the margins of a 15th century manuscript.


I believe that the use of the twitter screenshot in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.


1 Joe Dever. “Flight from the Dark.”, Section 349
2 I was quite tempted to spell it mediæval

5 thoughts on “Farewell Joe Dever / Medieval Manuscript Marginalia”

  1. Julie Paradise

    Regarding fn. 2: You should have! I get my daily dose of æ by working with the “Encyclopædia æthiopica”.

  2. Thænk you very much for your commænts ;^)

    John and Gunther, thank you for the links. I just saw a link to work from Erik Kwakkel, I think in Johanna Green’s Twitter feed. I should definitely explore these links, I only had a quick look so far and it looked more than intriguing.

    Julie, hehe, well I used the æ in this comments first line instead, now.

  3. Marginalia at times can be more interesting than the text itself. In fact, in some manuscripts, you can tell that the scribes were entirely bored and started to doodle to dispell their state of ennui. Quite entertaining!

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