Manuscripts and Printed Books in Europe 1350–1550

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Manuscripts and Printed Books in Europe 1350–1550

Packaging, Presentation and Consumption

Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe


September 14th, 2015



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This collaborative collection considers the packaging, presentation and consumption of medieval manuscripts and early printed books in Europe 1350–1550. It showcases innovative research on the history of the book from a range of established and younger scholars from the US and Europe in the fields of English and French Studies, History, Music, and Art History. The collection falls naturally into three sections: • Packaging and Presentation: The physical context of the manuscript and printed book including its binding, visual presentation and internal organization • Consumers: Producers, Owners, and Readers • Consuming the Text: The experience of the audience(s) for books These three strands are interdependent, and highlight the materiality of the manuscript or printed book as a consumable, focusing on its ‘consumability’ in the sense of its packaging and presentation, its consumers, and on the act of consumption in the sense of reading and reception or literal decay.

Emma Cayley is Senior Lecturer in French and Head of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter. Susan Powell holds a Chair in Medieval Texts and Culture in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at the University of Salford.

List of contributors: Emma Cayley, University of Exeter, UK Susan Powell, University of Salford, UK Derek Pearsall, Honorary Professor of English, University of York, former Gurney Professor of English, Harvard University, USA Anne Marie Lane, Toppan Rare Books Library, University of Wyoming, USA Matti Peikola, University of Turku, Finland Kate Maxwell, University of Glasgow, UK Sonja Drimmer, University of Nottingham, UK Yvonne Rode, Fordham University, USA Anna Lewis, University of Ottawa, Canada Anne F. Sutton, The Mercers’ Company of London, UK Martha W. Driver, Pace University, NY, USA Shayne Husbands, University of Cardiff, UK Carrie Griffin, Queen Mary, University of London, UK Anamaria Gellert, University of Pisa, Italy John B. Friedman, Kent State University, Salem, USA Mary Morse, Rider University, USA


'The individual essays are all very well contextualised within their own specific fields, and, significantly, they are aided very substantially by the construction of this volume... This book forms a very valuable contribution to current scholarship in the field of medieval and early modern book production, consumption and reception.'
Elisabeth Salter, English Historical Review

'This volume highlights the wealth of research output from a number of different fields, as well as the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in producing synergistic outcomes.'
Erin Connelly, Nottingham Medieval Studies

Author Information

Emma Cayley is Senior Lecturer in French and Head of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter. Susan Powell holds a Chair in Medieval Texts and Culture in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at the University of Salford.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
List of Figures8
Section I: Packaging and Presentation: The Materiality of the Manuscript and Printed Book22
1 Anne Marie Lane: How can we Recognise ‘Contemporary’ Bookbindings of the Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Centuries?24
2 Matti Peikola: Guidelines for Consumption: Scribal Ruling Patterns and Designing the Mise-en-page in Later Medieval England35
3 Kate Maxwell: The Order of the Lays in the ‘Odd’ Machaut MS BnF, fr. 9221 (E)53
4 Sonja Drimmer: Picturing the King or Picturing the Saint: Two Miniature Programmes for John Lydgate’s Lives of SS Edmund and Fremund69
5 Yvonne Rode: Sixty-three Gallons of Books: Shipping Books to London in the Late Middle Ages89
Section II: Consumers:Producers, Owners and Readers104
6 Anna Lewis: ‘But solid food is for the mature, who . . . have their senses trained to discern good and evil’: John Colop’s Book and the Spiritual Diet of the Discerning Lay Londoner106
7 Anne F. Sutton: The Acquisition and Disposal of Books for Worship and Pleasure by Mercers of London in the Later Middle Ages116
8 Martha Driver: ‘By Me Elysabeth Pykeryng’: Women and Book Production in the Early Tudor Period136
9 Shayne Husbands: The Roxburghe Club: Consumption, Obsession and the Passion for Print141
Section III: Writing Consumption154
10 Carrie Griffin: Reconsidering the Recipe: Materiality, Narrative and Text in Later Medieval Instructional Manuscripts and Collections156
11 Anamaria Gellert: Fools, ‘Folye’ and Caxton’s Woodcut of the Pilgrims at Table171
12 John Block Friedman: Anxieties at Table: Food and Drink in Chaucer’s Fabliaux Tales and Heinrich Wittenwiler’s Der Ring190
13 Mary Morse: Alongside St Margaret: The Childbirth Cult of SS Quiricus and Julitta in Late Medieval English Manuscripts208
14 Emma Cayley: Consuming the Text: Pulephilia in Fifteenth-Century French Debate Poetry228