Books and Bookmen in Early Modern Britain: Essays Presented to James P. Carley

Books and Bookmen in Early Modern Britain: Essays Presented to James P. Carley




This gathering of eighteen essays explores a period in Britain when the world of letters was brought under harness by the political centre as it had never been before or has been since. The importance of royal patronage for authors and printers alike is the subject of several of these studies; others are concerned with the dangers of unorthodox reading in Tudor England. The break-up of monastic libraries is another theme, as witnessed not only in England but also by observers in the Low Countries and Italy. Also included are studies on the post-dissolution movement of medieval books into the universities and into royal and aristocratic collections, aspects of female reading, verse composition, and the act and art of writing by hand, with some editions of hitherto unprinted texts.

Gathered from different corners of the field of book history, these studies share the common aim of honouring the contribution of James P. Carley. While known chiefly for his work on Tudor bibliographers, on the survival of medieval books in post-dissolution England and the foundation of the royal library, his interests extend to include monastic history and the Arthurian tradition. In all his work he has shown how close readings in the history of the book can open a window on an entire landscape and provide answers where other modes of historical enquiry fall short. These essays seek to honour his achievement by offering close readings of their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780888448309
Publisher: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Papers in Mediaeval Studies Series , #30
Pages: 476
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

Introduction James Willoughby xiii

Laudatio Martyn Percy xix

James Carley: An Appreciation Diarmaid MacCulloch xxiii

John Stevens and the Gesta Henrici Quinti Jeremy Catto 1

The Playpen: Reform, Experimentation and the Memory of Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester in the Registry of the University of Oxford David Rundle 17

Visionary Women and their Books in the Library of the Brethren of Syon Vincent Gillespie 40

Sebastian Brant's Shyp of folys at the Accession of Henry VIII Mark Rankin 64

Wolsey's Praises: The Henrician Royal Manuscript Presentation, Ianus David R. Carlson 80

Commemorating Anne Boleyn's 1533 Entry into London: John Leland and Nicholas Udall's Versis and dities made at the coronation of quene Anne Ágnes Juhász-Ormsby 100

Cardinal Marcello Cervini (1501-1555) and English Libraries James Willoughby 119

English Books in Flanders? New Light on John Bale's 'lamentable spoyle' Paul Nelles 150

Cataloguing Wyclif: The Contribution of John Bale Anne Hudson 155

Books of Italian Spirituali in Tudor England M. Anne Overell 199

Changing Worlds: Contextualizing Elis Gruffydd's Welsh Miscellany Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan 217

What Lies Beneath: The Weary Scribal Hand of Bodleian Library, MS Land Misc. 615 Ann Dooley 238

The After-Life of a Late Fourteenth-Century Sermon Collection in Early Modern England Susan Powell 261

The Manuscript Library of Lord William Howard of Naworth (1563-1640) Richard Ovenden 278

University Street and the Stationers of Sixteenth-Century Elisabeth Leedham-Green 319

Such a Company of Fellows and Scholars: Roger Ascham's Picture of Humanism at St John's College, Cambridge Richard Rex 335

A Mélange of Words and Documents: Notes on Some Seventeenth-Century Orientalists Joanna Weinberg 352

A Late Seventeenth-Century Englishwoman and her History Books: Sarah Cowper (1644-1720) as Reader and Commentator Daniel Woolf 362

A Bibliography of the Writings of James P. Carley Ann M. Hutchison 386

Contributors 393

Index of Manuscripts 395

Indexes of Printed Books 401

Index of Authors and Works 416

General Index 428

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