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Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England : Manuscript Culture in the British Isles - Linne R. Mooney

Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England

Manuscript Culture in the British Isles

By: Linne R. Mooney (Editor), Margaret Connolly (Editor)

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Published: 16th October 2008
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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.

Taste alone will enable a reader to distinguish between the thirteen contributions assembled here and edited superbly by Margaret Connolly and Linne Mooney. The essays are all impressive. [...] This is a meritorious book, then, brimming over with manuscript particulars, a model of the multiple, complementary approaches that major scholars are now bringing to bear on the study of Middle English literature and cultural history. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY The contents are often fascinatingly valuable and well designed and illustrated. YEAR'S WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES A thoroughly satisfying read and one in which the essays are of a consistently high standard - testimony to the judgement of the editors. THE RICARDIAN

List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of Contributorsp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Designing the Canterbury Tales: Chaucer's Early Copyists
'Chaucer's Scribe', Adam and the Hengwrt Projectp. 11
The Trinity Gower D Scribe's Two Canterbury Tales Manuscripts Revisitedp. 41
Corrected Mistakes in Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27p. 61
Designing Devotion: Individual and Institutional
Late Medieval Efforts at Standardization and Reform in the Sarum Lessons for Saints' Daysp. 91
Evolution of a Manuscript: The Pavement Hoursp. 118
Singing from the Same Hymn-Sheet: Two Bridgettine Manuscriptsp. 139
'Secundum originale examinatum': The Refashioning of a Benedictine Historical Manuscriptp. 161
Development and Distribution: Mapping Manuscripts and Texts
Locating Scribal Activity in Late Medieval Londonp. 183
What do the Numbers Mean? Observations on Some Patterns of Middle English Manuscript Transmissionp. 205
The Middle English Prose Brut and the Possibilities of Cultural Mappingp. 245
Mapping Manuscripts and Readers of Contemplations of the Dread and Love of Godp. 261
Yorkshire Manuscripts of the Speculum Vitaep. 279
Vernacular Herbals: A Growth Industry in Late Medieval Englandp. 292
Index of Manuscriptsp. 309
General Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9781903153246
ISBN-10: 1903153247
Series: Manuscript Culture in the British Isles
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 16th October 2008
Publisher: York Medieval Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.93