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date: 12 November 2019

John of Fornsete locked

  • Ernest H. Sanders


(d 1238–9). English monk. Since the mid-19th century the name of this monk at Reading Abbey has been associated with the so-called Reading rota Sumer is icumen in; he has been regarded as the possible scribe of the manuscript containing it (GB-Lbl Harl.978), as a direct influence on its present shape, and as the person who inspired the Latin and English words and the music. There is no evidence to support such theories, and even though his spurious fame continued to maintain itself in musical writings throughout the first half of the 20th century, John of Fornsete must be recognized as a nonentity as regards music....

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