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The Uses of Script and Print, 1300-1700

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Overview

Focusing on England, this volume investigates written communication in the two centuries before and after the introduction of printing. It explores the boundaries between script and print and considers the relationship of these media with the culture of speech. Contributors consider the applications of script and print by a variety of individuals, groups and communities in the spheres of religion, law, scholarship and politics. They also reassess long-standing assumptions about the impact of printing and the historical divisions it had come to represent.

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"...timely and provocative..." Seventeenth-Century News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521172707
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Crick is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter.

Alexandra Walsham is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of figures
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction: Script, print and history 1
2 'Publication' before print: the case of Julian of Norwich 29
3 Printing, mass communication, and religious reformation: the Middle Ages and after 50
4 Print and pre-Reformation religion: the Benedictines and the press, c.1470-c.1550 71
5 Law and text: legal authority and judicial accessibility in the late Middle Ages 95
6 The art of the unprinted: transcription and English antiquity in the age of print 116
7 The authority of the Word: manuscript, print and the text of the Bible in seventeenth-century England 135
8 The functions of script in the speech community of a late medieval town, c.1300-1550 157
9 The sound of print in early modern England: the broadside ballad as song 171
10 Communicating with authority: the uses of script, print and speech in Bristol, 1640-1714 191
11 Preaching without speaking: script, print and religious dissent 211
12 Publish and perish: the scribal culture of the Marian Martyrs 235
13 Print, persecution and polemic: Thomas Edwards' Gangraena (1646) and Civil War sectarianism 255
14 Epilogue 275
Index 290
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