Medieval Manuscripts, Readers and Texts
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352 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

1 colour, 9 b/w illus.

Series: York Manuscript and Early Print Studies

Series Vol. Number: 7

Imprint: York Medieval Press

Medieval Manuscripts, Readers and Texts

Essays in Honour of Kathryn Kerby-Fulton

Edited by Misty Schieberle

With Amanda Bohne

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Examines manuscripts of Langland, Chaucer, Gower, Nicholas Love and Arthurian tales, alongside other devotional works and archival evidence.


Professor Kathryn Kerby-Fulton's scholarship has transformed the study of medieval manuscripts and readers, particularly in the areas of devotional literature, professional scribal production and clerical writing. The essays collected here celebrate and reflect her influence and practice of giving careful attention to material contexts and archival sources when reading literature produced in late medieval England. They offer new interpretations of scribal practices, professional readers' activities, documentary evidence and challenging material and cultural contexts. They also reconsider scholarly practices and assumptions, while demonstrating how manuscript and archival studies can energize scholarship on such varied topics as authority, reader reception, modern editorial perspectives, gender and religious activities.
Introduction - Misty Schieberle
1. The Trevisa-Gower Scribe: Another London Literary Scribe of the Early Fifteenth Century - Linne R. Mooney
2. Telling Tails: Pursuing the Trail of the Minstrel-Scribe in Manuscripts of Sir Isumbras - Andrew W. Klein
3. Ars Codicis: Marginalia, Meaning and the Manuscript Book(s) of Chaucer's House of Fame - Sarah Baechle
4. Editing Chaucer's Works: Coherence and Collaboration - Christopher Cannon and James Simpson
5. The Pleasures of Plainness: Ordinary Manuscripts in Extraordinary Traditions - Siân Echard
6. A Dream of John Bale? The Catalogus Vetus and the Lives of Ralph Strode - Thomas Goodmann
7. Women's St Edmund: Envisioning a Saint and his Contemplative Legacy - Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
8. Three English Otherworld Visions: Toward a Spirituality of Parish Life - Barbara Newman
9. Recognizing the Clerical Proletariat: Evidence from Late Medieval London Wills - Misty Schieberle
10. Langland's Government Scribes at Home and at Work: A Brief Comparison of the HM 114 Scribe and the Fortescue Family - Karrie Fuller
11. Function, Form and The Lay Folks' Mass Book - Jeremy J. Smith
12. Professional Reading Networks and The Reception of Nicholas Love's Mirror of The Blessed Life of Jesus Christ: Opportunities and Consequences - John J. Thompson
Kathryn Kerby-Fulton: The Making of a Medievalist - Rosalynn Voaden
Kathryn Kerby-Fulton: List of Publications - Karrie Fuller and Misty Schieberle

MISTY SCHIEBERLE is Professor of English at the University of Kansas.

AMANDA BOHNE is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Title Details

352 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

1 colour, 9 b/w illus.

Series: York Manuscript and Early Print Studies

Series Vol. Number: 7

Imprint: York Medieval Press