Medieval English manuscripts and literary forms /

"This book aims to provide a general introduction to manuscript studies for readers whose particular interests lie in medieval literature. The field of medieval literary studies has long depended on manuscripts, of course. The nineteenth-century editions that facilitated the widespread study of...

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Author / Creator: Brantley, Jessica (Author)
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Edition:First edition.
Imprint: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2022]
Series:Material texts.
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Table of Contents:
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Reading Medieval Books: Manuscript Studies in the Twenty-First Century
  • Reading Medieval Texts: Chaucer's "Adam Scriveyn"
  • The Anatomy of the Medieval Manuscript
  • 1. The Writing Surface
  • 1.1. Earlier Supports: Stone, Wax, Papyrus
  • 1.2. Parchment
  • 1.3. Paper
  • 2. Writing
  • 2.1. Pricking and Ruling
  • 2.2. Writing Instruments
  • 2.3. Scripts
  • 2.4. Abbreviation
  • Color Plates
  • 2.5. Punctuation
  • 2.6. Musical Notation
  • 2.7. Correction
  • 2.8. Annotation
  • 2.9. Editing
  • 3. Decoration and Illustration
  • 3.1. Rubrication
  • 3.2. Line Fillers
  • 3.3. Borders and Marginalia
  • 3.4. Initials
  • 3.5. Illustrations
  • 3.6. Diagrams and Maps
  • 4. Bindings and the Shape of the Book
  • 4.1. Roll
  • 4.2. Codex
  • 5. A Template for Manuscript Description
  • Case Studies: A Selection of English Literary Manuscripts
  • I. Literature: The Moore Bede (Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People and Other Items) / Cambridge, University Library MS Kk.5.16
  • II. Afterlives: The Nowell Codex (Beowulf and Other Items) / London, British Library MS Cotton Vitellius A.xv, ff. 94r-209v
  • III. Ownership: St. Albans Psalter / Hildesheim, Dombibliothek Hildesheim MS St. God. 1
  • IV. Language: Orrm, The Orrmulum / Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Junius 1
  • V. Miscellaneity: Trilingual Miscellany / London, British Library MS Harley 2253
  • VI. Geography: Roman d'Alexandre and Other Items / Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 264
  • VII. Authorship: The Gawain Manuscript (Pearl, Patience, Cleanness, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) / London, British Library MS Cotton Nero A.x/2
  • VIII. Writing: The Ellesmere Chaucer (Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales) / San Marino, CA, Huntington Library MS EL 26 C 9
  • IX. Editing: William Langland, Piers Plowman
  • John Mandeville, Mandeville's Travels
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
  • and Other Items / San Marino, CA, Huntington Library MS HM 114
  • X. Mediation: The Book of Margery Kempe / London, British Library MS Additional 61823
  • XI. Illustration: Illustrated Carthusian Miscellany / London, British Library MS Additional 37049
  • XII. Performance: N-Town Plays / London, British Library MS Cotton Vespasian D.viii
  • Glossary
  • Primary works Cited
  • Suggestions for Further Reading
  • Acknowledgments