Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England

Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England

Edited by Margaret Connolly, Linne R. Mooney

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York Medieval Press

Overview

Overview

New essays on late medieval manuscripts highlight the complicated network of their production and dissemination.
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.

Details

October 2008
15 black and white illustrations
352 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Manuscript Culture in the British Isles
ISBN: 9781903153246
Format: Hardback
York Medieval Press
BIC CFL, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC REF004000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
`Chaucer's Scribe', Adam, and the Hengwrt Project - Daniel W Mosser
The Trinity Gower D Scribe's Two Canterbury Tales Manuscripts Revisi ted - Jacob Thaisen
Corrected Mistakes in MS Gg.4.27 - Takako Kato
Late Medieval Efforts at Standardization and Reform in the Sarum Lessons fo r Saints' Days - Sherry L Reames
Evolution of a Manuscript: the Pavement Hours - Amelia Grounds
Singing from the Same Hymn-Sheet: Two Bridgettine Manuscripts - John Sexton, Book Reviews Editor
Secundum Originale Examinatum: The Refashioning of a Benedictine His torical Manuscript - Julian Luxford
Locating Scribal Activity in Late Medieval London - Linne R Mooney
What do the Numbers Mean? A Textual Critic's Observations on Some Patterns of Middle English Manuscript Transmission - Michael G. Sargent
The Middle English Prose Brut and the Possibilities of Cultural Mapp ing - John J. Thompson
Mapping Manuscripts and Readers of Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God - M Connolly
Yorkshire Manuscripts of the Speculum Vitae - Ralph Hanna
Vernacular Herbals: A Growth Industry in Late Medieval England - G R Keiser
Index of Manuscripts
General Index

Reviews

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

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