Reading and Shaping Medieval Cartularies
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332 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

22 colour. 17 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Imprint: Boydell Press

Reading and Shaping Medieval Cartularies

Multi-Scribe Manuscripts and their Patterns of Growth. A Study of the Earliest Cartularies of Glasgow Cathedral and Lindores Abbey

by Joanna Tucker

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The physical nature of the medieval cartulary examined alongside its textual contents.
Medieval cartularies are one of the most significant sources for a historian of the Middle Ages. Once viewed as simply repositories of charters, cartularies are now regarded as carefully curated collections of texts whose contents and arrangement reflect the immediate concerns and archival environment of the communities that created them. One feature of the cartulary in particular that has not been studied so fully is its materiality: the fact that it is a manuscript. Consequently, it has not been recognised that many cartularies are multi-scribe manuscripts which "grew" for many decades after their initial creation, both physically and textually.
This book offers a new methodology which engages with multi-scribe contributions in two cartulary manuscripts: the oldest cartularies of Glasgow Cathedral and Lindores Abbey. It integrates the physical and textual features of the manuscripts in order to analyse how and why they grew in stages across time. Applying this methodology reveals two communities that took an active approach to reading and shaping their cartularies, treating these manuscripts as a shared space. This raises fundamental questions about the definition of cartularies and how they functioned, their relationship to archives of single-sheet documents, and as sources for institutional identity. It therefore takes a fresh look at the "genre" ofmedieval cartularies through the eyes of the manuscripts themselves, and what this can reveal about their medieval scribes and readers.
Introduction
Cartulary studies
Analysing a multi-scribe cartulary
The creation and growth of the Glasgow RV
The creation and growth of Lindores Caprington
Understanding the patterns of growth in multi-scribe cartularies
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

JOANNA TUCKER gained her PhD from the University of Glasgow.

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Title Details

332 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

22 colour. 17 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Imprint: Boydell Press