By Nigel J. Morgan
This is often the 1st background of the ebook in Britain from the Norman Conquest until eventually the early 15th century. The twenty-six specialist members to this quantity speak about the manuscript booklet from quite a few angles: as actual item (manufacture, structure, writing and decoration); its goal and readership (books for monasteries, for the Church's liturgy, for easy and complicated guide, for courtly entertainment); and because the motor vehicle for specific sorts of textual content (history, sermons, scientific treatises, legislation and management, music). In all of this, the wider, altering social and cultural context is stored in brain, and so are many of the connections with continental Europe. the amount encompasses a complete bibliography and eighty black and white plates.
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11, pp. 265–6. English manuscripts of the Vetera statuta (fourteenth century) are usually small stout volumes, like friars’ books, perhaps often for ready reference by judges or sheriffs on circuit. By contrast, manuscripts of the Nova statuta (fifteenth century) were often large and opulent. 68 Taburet-Delahaye and Avril 2004, pp. 29–44. 69 Green 1976. 19 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 The roles of books the aristocracy did not attempt to outdo their inferiors in displays of luxury, as in France, because they were not using the same books.
By the fourteenth century these collections were beginning to disintegrate. 64 Monks and clerics owned scholastic books, sometimes brought back from studies abroad. Their little libraries, ‘at beddes head’, cannot have been known to anyone but their owners. At their deaths their books often slipped, invisibly to most people, into collegiate libraries. They were not usually publicly sold or thrown into commerce. Churches and chapels had many liturgical books, probably not commonly visible. Friars travelled with books and perhaps sometimes exhibited them, probably closed.
212–13. Cavanaugh 1980, pp. 778–9; on the breviary from Saint-Marcel see Rouse 2007. 14 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Books and society She had a smaller Breviary which the queen had given her. This she bequeathed to her confessor. 42 We are in a rarified world. Several observations can be made about the evidence of fourteenth-century wills. Firstly – the previous examples notwithstanding – Psalters and other books of apparently private devotion were very often, perhaps even usually, bequeathed to churches and chantry chapels and to family priests and confessors, frequently with injunctions to pray for the souls of the testator and his family.
Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Vol. 2 (The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain) by Nigel J. Morgan