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.
1. Introduction: Script, print and history Alexandra Walsham and Julia Crick; Part I. Script, Print and Late Medieval Religion: 2. Publication before print: the case of Julian of Norwich Felicity Riddy; 3. Printing, mass communication and religious reformation: the Middle Ages and after David d'Avray; 4. Print and pre-Reformation religion: the Benedictines and the press in early Tudor England James G. Clark; Part II. Script, Print and Textual Tradition: 5. Law and text: legal authority and judicial accessibility in the late Middle Ages Anthony Musson; 6. The art of the unprinted: transcription and English antiquity in the age of print Julia Crick; 7. The authority of the word: manuscript, print and the text of the Bible in seventeenth-century England Scott Mandelbrote; Part III. Script, Print and Speech: 8. The functions of script in the speech community of a late medieval town, c.1300-1550 Andrew Butcher; 9. The sound of print in early modern England: the broadside ballad as song Christopher Marsh; 10. Communicating with authority: the uses of script, print and speech in Bristol 1640-1714 Jonathan Barry; Part IV. Script, Print and Persecution: 11. Preaching without speaking: script, print and religious dissent Alexandra Walsham; 12. Publish and perish: the scribal culture of the Marian martyrs Thomas S. Freeman; 13. Print, persecution and polemic: Thomas Edwards' Gangraena (1646) and Civil War sectarianism Ann Hughes; 14. Epilogue Margaret Aston.