Illuminating the Law: Legal Manuscripts in Cambridge Collections

Illuminating the Law: Legal Manuscripts in Cambridge Collections

by Robert Gibbs, Susan L'Engle
     
 

ISBN-10: 1872501532

ISBN-13: 9781872501536

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Brepols Publishers

Illuminated legal texts rank high among the most splendidly decorated medieval manuscripts. Their historical and artistic significance has largely escaped even specialists in art and legal history. The long-recognised discrepancy between the importance of the material and its relative inaccessibility, as well as the rich Cambridge collections, provided the incentive…  See more details below

Overview

Illuminated legal texts rank high among the most splendidly decorated medieval manuscripts. Their historical and artistic significance has largely escaped even specialists in art and legal history. The long-recognised discrepancy between the importance of the material and its relative inaccessibility, as well as the rich Cambridge collections, provided the incentive for an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum. With the intention to bring this splendid material to the attention and the understanding of a wider audience, this catalogue offers introductory essays on the making and use of medieval legal manuscripts, detailed descriptions and analysis of representative examples, and rich illustrative material, aesthetically pleasing and thought-provoking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781872501536
Publisher:
Brepols Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History Series, #33
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
10.34(w) x 10.18(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction9
1The Texts12
2The Growth of Canon and Civil Law Studies, 1070-153522
3Production and Purchase: Scribes, Illuminators, and Customers39
4Layout and Decoration54
5Legal Iconography75
Catalogue105
List of Illustrations238
Bibliography244
Glossary261

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