Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England

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Margaret Connolly, Linne R. Mooney
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2008 - Antiques & Collectibles - 336 pages
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One of the most important developments in medieval English literary studies since the 1980s has been the growth of manuscript studies. Long regarded as mere textual repositories, and treated superficially by editors, manuscripts are now acknowledged as centrally important in the study of later medieval texts. The essays collected here discuss aspects of the design and distribution of manuscripts in late medieval England, with a particular focus on vernacular manuscripts of the late fourteenth, fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Those in the first half consider material evidence for scribal decisions about design: these range from analysis of individual codices to broader discussions of particular types of manuscripts, both religious and secular. Later essays look at the evidence for the production and distribution of manuscripts of specific English texts or types of text. These include the major Middle English poems The Canterbury Tales and Piers Plowman, as well as key religious works such as Love's Mirror, Hilton's Scale of Perfection, the Speculum Vitae and The Pricke of Conscience, all of which survive in significant numbers of manuscripts. The comparison of secular and devotional texts illuminates shared networks of production and dissemination, and increases our knowledge of regional and metropolitan book production in the period before printing. Contributors: DANIEL W. MOSSER, JACOB THAISEN, TAKAKO KATO, SHERRY L. REAMES, AMELIA GROUNDS, ALEXANDRA BARRATT, JULIAN M. LUXFORD, LINNE R. MOONEY, MICHAEL G. SARGENT, JOHN J. THOMPSON, MARGARET CONNOLLY, RALPH HANNA, GEORGE R. KEISER.
 

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Contents

introduction
1
chaucers scribe adam and the Hengwrt project
11
the trinity gower D scribes two Canterbury Tales Manuscripts
41
corrected Mistakes in cambridge university Library
61
Late Medieval efforts at standardization and reform in the sarum
91
the pavement Hours
118
two bridgettine Manuscripts
139
the refashioning of a
161
What do the numbers Mean? observations on some patterns
205
the Middle english prose Brut and the possibilities of cultural
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Mapping Manuscripts and readers of Contemplations of the Dread
261
Yorkshire Manuscripts of the Speculum Vitae
279
a growth industry in Late Medieval england
292
Index of Manuscripts
309
General Index
319
Copyright

Locating scribal activity in Late Medieval London
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