English Manuscripts Before 1400

English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 Volume 17

Edited by A. S. G. Edwards and Orietta Da Rold

Edited by A. S. G. Edwards and Orietta Da Rold

Distributed for British Library

301 pages | 40 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780712358835 Published March 2013 For sale in North and South America only

The latest volume in the well-established English Manuscript Studies 1100–1700 series focuses on early English manuscripts copied before 1400. The thirteen essays demonstrate the complex multicultural and multilingual written culture of this period, examining works written in Old and Middle English, Latin, and Anglo-Norman. Contributors explore a variety of approaches to hitherto neglected topics, such as the historical and cultural importance of documentary records, from charters and forgeries to genealogical chronicles. Other essays examine aspects of the material book, addressing the function of script and illustration and the transmission of early texts into the Renaissance. Contributing scholars include Mark Chambers, Aidan Conti, Michael Gullick, Jennifer Jahner, Erik Kwakkel, Katherine Lowe, Andrew Prescott, Lucy Freeman Sandler, Philip Shaw, Don Skemer, Louise Sylvester, D. A. Woodman, and George Younge.

Contents
An Old English Compiler and his Audience: London, British Library MS Cotton Vespasian D. xiv, fols 4–169
      George Younge
The Forging of the Anglo-Saxon Past in Fourteenth-Century Beverley
      D. A. Woodman
The Canterbury annals and the writing of Old English at Christ Church in the early twelfth century
      Michael Gullick
Frater Richard Bury’s Roll: Ownership and Use of an Early Genealogical Chronicle of the Kings of England
      Don C. Skemer
Scribe, Corrector, Reader: The Marginal Drawings of the Morgan Library Lumere as lais and their Maker
      Lucy Freeman Sandler
The Composition of the Metrical Chronicle Attributed to Robert of Gloucester
      Philip A. Shaw
Bury St Edmunds and its liberty: a charter-text and its afterlife
      Kathryn A. Lowe
Administrative Records and the Scribal Achievement of Medieval England
      Andrew Prescott
The Poetry of the Second Barons’ War: Some Manuscript Contexts
      Jennifer Jahner
Reconsidering the Conquest after the Reformation: Abraham Wheelock’s Reading of Cambridge, Trinity College MS B. 14. 52
      Aidan Conti
Discarded Parchment as Writing Support in English Manuscript Culture
      Erik Kwakkel
Language Use in Manuscripts of the Royal Wardrobe and Petitions: Evidence for the Study of Dress and Textile Vocabulary
      Mark Chambers and Louise Sylvester
Directions in the study of English manuscripts, c. 1200–c. 1350
      A. S. G. Edwards
English Manuscripts at Auction, January–December 2010
      A. S. G. Edwards

Notes on Contributors
Index of Manuscripts
General Index
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