The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library

The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library

by Janet Backhouse
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802043461

ISBN-13: 9780802043467

Pub. Date: 12/28/1997

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Illuminated manuscripts are among the richest and most revealing relics of the pre-print Western world, and are central to our understanding of medieval social and cultural history. The British Library boasts the world's finest collection of medieval manuscripts, and in this new and lavishly illustrated survey, Janet Backhouse draws on these collections to provide

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Illuminated manuscripts are among the richest and most revealing relics of the pre-print Western world, and are central to our understanding of medieval social and cultural history. The British Library boasts the world's finest collection of medieval manuscripts, and in this new and lavishly illustrated survey, Janet Backhouse draws on these collections to provide a comprehensive introduction to these exciting and colourful materials.

The manuscripts featured include bestiaries, psalters, Bibles, books of hours, and medical and herbal collections that originated in workrooms as geographically diverse as the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria and the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem. There is also a great chronological diversity among the selected manuscripts, with examples ranging from the seventh century AD and the Lindisfarne Gospels to early Renaissance offerings.

Each of the almost 220 illluminations presented are accompanied by a caption and have been reproduced in colour. Many of the immages chosen have been reproduced here for the first time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802043467
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
8.91(w) x 11.71(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction6
The Early Centuries10
Romanesque Europe36
Early Gothic Manuscripts64
Later Gothic Manuscripts92
International Cross-Currents around 1400122
The Prelude to Printing148
The Later 15th Century176
Renaissance Patrons204
Postscript232
Further Reading238
Index of Manuscripts239

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