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Medieval Texts and Images

Studies of Manuscripts from the Middle Ages, 1st Edition

Edited by Margaret M. Manion, Bernard J. Muir


248 pages

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Originally published in 1991, Medieval Texts and Images is a collection of essays which critically examines medieval manuscripts. The book contains a wide range of contributions, the first examines the relationship of the Légende Dorée and its relationship to the aristocratic patrons who commissioned these manuscripts; the second scrutinises the tradition of French illumination as it was developed in Paris in the so-called Bedford Master’s workshop in the 1420s. The text examines liturgical texts of the medieval period and written and liturgical contributions to Renaissance art. Other contributions include an investigation into the written scroll within the painted composition, comparing various compositional and thematic functions in the depiction of a Crucifixion and a study of Christian vernacular poetry. This collection provides a comprehensive overview of the use of text and image in medieval literature.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors



List of Colour Plates

List of Figures

1. Pictures for Aristocrats: the Manuscripts of the Légende dorée, Hilary Maddocks

2. Liturgy and Image: the Advent Minature in the Salisbury Breviary, Judith Pearce

3. The Significance if Text Scrolls: Towards a Descriptive Terminology, Alison R. Flett

4. The Rolin Master’s Hand in London BL MS Additional 25695, Peter Rolfe Monks

5. Renaissance Books and Raphael’s Disputa: Contextualising the Image, Cecilia O’Brien

6. An Unusual Pentecost Cycle in a Fourteenth Century Missal, Veronica Condon

7. A Minimally-intrusive Presence: Portraits in Illustration for Prayers to the Virgin, Joan Naughton

8. Reading Medieval Images: Two Miniatures in a Fifteenth Century Missal, Vera F. Vines

9. Editing the Exeter Book: A Progress Report, Bernard J. Muir

10. Art and Devotion: The Prayer-books of Jean de Berry, Margaret M. Manion

11. Et Verbum Caro Factum Est: The Prayer-book of Michelino da Besozzo, Katherine McDonald

General Index

Index of Manuscripts Cited

Index of Biblical References

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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