Prestige, authority and power in late medieval manuscripts and texts /
edited by Felicity Riddy.
Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : York Medieval Press, 2000.
vii, 199 p. : ill. (some col.)
0952973464 (alk. paper)
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Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : York Medieval Press, 2000.
0952973464 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A range of manuscripts and texts from various social contexts studied for what they reveal of that social background.
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What is the significance of prestige, authority and power for the study of late-medieval manuscripts and texts? This collection of essays discusses manuscripts as prestigious deluxe objects, by showing how layout was used to confer authority.
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Prestige, authority and power: what is the significance of these three terms for the study of late-medieval manuscripts and texts? This collection of essays, by leading scholars from Britain and North America, answers this question in various ways: by discussing manuscripts as prestigious de luxe objects; by showing how the layout of texts was used to confer different kinds of authority; and by locating manuscripts and texts more dynamically in what Foucault calls 'power's net-like organisation'. All of the essays in the volume embed the manuscripts they discuss in particular sets of personal relationships, conducted in specific social environments - in the schoolroom or the monastery, at court, in the gentry household and the city, or mediating between these. The essays address, among others, issues of gender, patronage, status, self-authorization, and gentry and urban sociability, in studies ranging from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. Professor FELICITY RIDDY teaches in the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English at the University of York. Contributors: SUZANNE REYNOLDS, KANTIK GHOSH, KATE HARRIS, KATHLEEN L. SCOTT, JOHN THOMPSON, CAROL M. MEALE, ANNE M. DUTTON, JAMES P. CARLEY, DAVID R. CARLSON
Table of Contents
List of Plates
Introductionp. 1
Inventing Authority: Glossing, Literacy and the Classical Textp. 7
Manuscripts of Nicholas Love's The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ and Wycliffite Notions of 'Authority'p. 17
The Patronage and Dating of Longleat House MS 24, a Prestige Copy of the Pupilla Oculi Illuminated by the Master of the Troilus Frontispiecep. 35
Limner-Power: A Book Artist in England c. 1420p. 55
A Poet's Contacts with the Great and the Good: Further Consideration of Thomas Hoccleve's Texts and Manuscriptsp. 77
The Politics of Book Ownership: The Hopton Family and Bodleian Library, Digby MS 185p. 103
Piety, Politics and Persona: MS Harley MS 4012 and Anne Harlingp. 133
The Abbess of Malling's Gift Manuscript (1520)p. 147
'Plutarch's' Life of Agesilaus: A Recently Located New Year's Gift to Thomas Cromwell by Henry Parker, Lord Morleyp. 159
Manuscripts after Printing: Affinity, Dissent and Display in the Texts of Wyatt's Psalmsp. 171
Index of manuscriptsp. 189
Index of names and titlep. 192
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