Tradition and Innovation in Later Medieval English Manuscripts [Hardback]

Kathleen L. Scott (Author)

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ISBN: 9780712349369 | Published by: British Library | Year of Publication: 2007 | Language: English 208p, 50 col and 60 b/w illus

Tradition and Innovation in Later Medieval English Manuscripts


This volume, based on Dr Scott's 2004 Lyell lectures at Oxford, examines a number of English manuscripts of the 15th and early 16th centuries never previously studied. Kathleen Scott's research establishes criteria for genuine artistic originality in manuscript books. Each manuscript is assessed in detail in terms of its text, scribe(s), artists, decorative programme and circumstances of its creation and is also set in the wider contexts of contemporary English manuscript art history by extensive reference to related manuscripts both contemporary and earlier, in England and in Europe. This ground-breaking study offers an original investigation of motives for including pictures in manuscripts, of the role of the author in illustration, and of the traditional and innovative nature of visual representation in medieval manuscripts. Includes numerous colour plates.

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