The Role of the Scroll: An Illustrated Introduction to Scrolls in the Middle Ages

The Role of the Scroll: An Illustrated Introduction to Scrolls in the Middle Ages

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In The Role of the Scroll, Thomas Forrest Kelly brings to life the most interesting scrolls in medieval history, placing them in the context of those who made, commissioned, and used them, and reveals their remarkably varied uses. Scrolls were the best way to keep ever-expanding lists, for example, those of debtors, knights, and the dead. While useful for keeping public records, scrolls could also be extremely private. Forgetful stage performers relied on them to recall their lines, and those looking for luck carried either blessings or magic spells, depending on their personal beliefs. Finally, scrolls could convey ceremonial importance, a purpose that lives on with academic diplomas.

In this book, Kelly explores the scroll's incredible diversity. A recipe for turning everyday metal into gold offers a glimpse into medieval alchemy, and a log of gifts for Queen Elizabeth I showcases royal flattery and patronage. Climb William the Conqueror's family tree and take a journey to the Holy Land, following a pilgrimage route to such obligatory destinations as Jaffa, where Peter resurrected Tabitha, and Ramada, the city of Saint Joseph's birth. A lively and accessible guide, The Role of the Scroll is a must-listen for anyone interested in how people keep record of life through the ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684419890
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Edition description: Illustrate
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Thomas Forrest Kelly is professor of music at Harvard University. The author of The Role of the Scroll, Capturing Music, and Music Then and Now, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Adam Verner has narrated over one hundred books, including the AudioFile Earphones Award winner Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck. Adam works as a full-time voice actor and on stage in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Introduction to Scrolls 3

Chapter 2 Scrolls That Grow 41

Chapter 3 Representing Space and Time: The Long Red Line 75

Chapter 4 Performers' Scrolls 101

Chapter 5 Private Scrolls; Amulets, Charms, and Prayers 125

Chapter 6 Ritual Scrolls 143

Postlude: Roll It Back Up 165

Acknowledgments 169

Notes 171

Index 177

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