Their Hands Before Our Eyes: A Closer Look at Scribes: The Lyell Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford, 1999

Their Hands Before Our Eyes: A Closer Look at Scribes: The Lyell Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford, 1999

by M. B. Parkes
     
 

This new book by Malcolm Parkes makes a fundamental contribution to the history of handwriting. Handwriting is a versatile medium that has always allowed individual scribes the opportunity for self-expression, despite the limitations of the pen and the finite number of possible movements. The purpose of this study is to focus on the handwriting of scribes from late

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Overview

This new book by Malcolm Parkes makes a fundamental contribution to the history of handwriting. Handwriting is a versatile medium that has always allowed individual scribes the opportunity for self-expression, despite the limitations of the pen and the finite number of possible movements. The purpose of this study is to focus on the handwriting of scribes from late antiquity to the beginning of the sixteenth century, and to identify those features which are a scribe's personal contribution to the techniques and art of handwriting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754663379
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
The Lyell Lectures delivered in the University of Oxford 1999 Series
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Plates and Acknowledgements

Principal Abbreviations and Conventions

Pt. I Scribes in their Environments 1

1 Before 1100 3

2 1100-1540 Religious Orders in England 15

3 1100-1500 Secular Scribes in England Clergy, scholars, professional and commercial scribes 33

Pt. II Scribes at Work 55

4 Which Came First, Reading or Writing? The function and processes of handwriting, and the problems of copying 57

5 The Hasty Scribe Cursive handwriting in antiquity and the Middle Ages 71

6 Set in Their Own Ways Scribes and book hands c. 800-1200 87

7 Features of Fashion Scribes and style c. 1200-1500 101

8 Through the Eyes of Scribes and Readers Handwriting as image 127

Pt. III Glossary, Indexes and Select List of Printed Works 147

Select Glossary of Technical Terms Applied to Handwriting 149

Index of Scribes Referred to by Name or Pseudonym 157

Index of Manuscripts Cited 161

Select List of Printed Works Cited 171

General Index 185

Pt. IV Plates 189

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