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Sixteenth-Century Readers, Fifteenth-Century Books
Continuities of Reading in the English Reformation


Part of Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology

  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108426770

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  • This innovative study investigates the reception of medieval manuscripts over a long century, 1470–1585, spanning the reigns of Edward IV to Elizabeth I. Members of the Tudor gentry family who owned these manuscripts had properties in Willesden and professional affiliations in London. These men marked the leaves of their books with signs of use, allowing their engagement with the texts contained there to be reconstructed. Through detailed research, Margaret Connolly reveals the various uses of these old books: as a repository for family records; as a place to preserve other texts of a favourite or important nature; as a source of practical information for the household; and as a professional manual for the practising lawyer. Investigation of these family-owned books reveals an unexpectedly strong interest in works of the past, and the continuing intellectual and domestic importance of medieval manuscripts in an age of print.

    • Combining the study of historical records and literary manuscripts, this book reveals the history of the medieval books as artefacts and the men who owned and annotated them
    • Traces the continuities of medieval devotion in the sixteenth century in spite of the tectonic changes of the Reformation
    • Brings into focus the study of the manuscript through the lens of reception, ownership and use
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108426770
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 181 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 2 maps 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Family matters: the Roberts family of Willesden
    2. Private faces in public places
    3. Devotional reading in the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII
    4. Out of the cloister, out of the family
    5. Books and their uses
    6. Devotional reading in the reigns of Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I
    Conclusion: Newly reformed readers?
    Postscript: after the family: the manuscripts' later histories
    Appendix 1. Timeline of key events during the lifetimes of Thomas and Edmund Roberts
    Appendix 2. Summary list of contents of manuscripts owned by the Roberts family
    Appendix 3. Manuscripts and printed books of uncertain association
    Appendix 4. Other families named Roberts
    Index of manuscripts
    General Index.

  • Author

    Margaret Connolly, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Margaret Connolly is Senior Lecturer in Medieval Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her previous publications include Insular Books: Vernacular manuscript miscellanies in late medieval Britain, edited with Raluca Radulescu (2015); The Index of Middle English Prose, Handlist XIX: Manuscripts in the University Library, Cambridge (2009); Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England, edited with Linne Mooney (2008); and John Shirley: Book Production and the Noble Household (1998).

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