By Nigel J. Morgan
This can be the 1st background of the e-book in Britain from the Norman Conquest till the early 15th century. The twenty-six professional members to this quantity speak about the manuscript e-book from quite a few angles: as actual item (manufacture, layout, writing and decoration); its function and readership (books for monasteries, for the Church's liturgy, for simple and complicated guide, for courtly entertainment); and because the automobile for specific sorts of textual content (history, sermons, clinical treatises, legislations and management, music). In all of this, the wider, altering social and cultural context is stored in brain, and so are a few of the connections with continental Europe. the amount features a complete bibliography and eighty black and white plates.
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1400) and Froissart (d. 1410), who both fall at the extreme end of our period, there was no particular personal advantage or social cachet in having written a book. That came much later. Many medieval authors, including Chaucer, will seldom state their own names and will often pretend to be merely recasting an earlier text. The possession of many books may sometimes 61 Oxford, Merton College, ms. 181 (s. xii) was still at the abbey in the fourteenth century, later at Oxford and owned by John Gygur, fellow, who gave it to the College in 1482; Oxford, Oriel College, ms.
These volumes would then, or on the monk’s death, join the accumulated resources of his monastery. Entries in monastic inventories from about 1200 onwards show clearly how the libraries there were constantly stocked or topped up by donations from named members of the house, often with multiple (and not even necessarily welcome) copies of old school texts such as glossed books of the Bible in profusion, the Historia scolastica of Peter Comestor, or the Decretum of Gratian. 13 Librarians of monasteries must often have despaired when a deceased monk’s cell was emptied and yet another almost identical collection of former university textbooks was sent round for accession.
The language of upper-class entertainment, it probably differed from the other languages in being written to be read out loud to an important personage or group. 6 New literary texts continued to be written in it. 8 The last entry in the Peterborough Chronicle (Bodleian, ms. Laud. misc. 636), was written in 1155 (the entry itself is for 1154). 12 From about the same time, and in a class of his own, is the anonymous monk of Worcester known, from his pathologically induced handwriting, as the ‘Tremulous Hand’.
Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Vol. 2 (The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain) by Nigel J. Morgan