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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (1): 115–137.
Published: 01 January 2020
...Joel Swann The lively contemporary reception of George Herbert’s book of poems The Temple has been clearly demonstrated by a substantial body of modern scholarship. This article shows how that body of work can be complemented through material evidence of readership drawn from from specific copies...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (1): 161–180.
Published: 01 January 2020
.... In reading through even a small number of reviews in the WWiR collection, it becomes evident that the authors of these texts position themselves at the outset as operating in the service of readers who have too much to read, and in so doing they bring to public visibility the very phenomenon of readership...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (3): 415–435.
Published: 01 September 2017
... during the period, a material history of reading intersects with a less material history of interpretation. Evidence from early bibles and their users of all sorts—known biblical scholars, literary figures, or anonymous readers—sheds light on how readers confronted the changing problems of interpretation...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (1): 1–12.
Published: 01 January 2020
... the user approaches the recep- tion evidence. As Connell and Flanders self- reflexively observe, the WWP is itself a contemporary experiment in the recirculation and reawakening of readership for early women s writing. Rather than providing transpar- ent access to primary sources, these categories...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (3): 521–544.
Published: 01 September 2013
... a small personal library was kept (vernacular translations of clas- sical authors, juridical books, and grammar texts).53 Such material evidence affirms that just as new vernacular spiritual guides proposed to sanctify the vita activa, artisans were indeed combining active work and literate devo...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (2): 359–390.
Published: 01 May 2017
... transition into a modern nation-state, these cheap prints recalibrated the English topography to accommodate an expansive body politic. The essay ends with an exploration of how old and new archival research methods may together be deployed to continue excavating the material evidence of England's ordinary...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (1): 75–94.
Published: 01 January 2020
.... These materials are part of a wide and complex network of written texts showing that the most interior of writings were explicitly conceived in terms of a readership external to the Carmelite community itself and that the focus of this most complex of prose narratives adopting the I persona represents a clear...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2000) 30 (1): 101–124.
Published: 01 January 2000
..., readers, regulatory agents, and stationers.4 Roger Chartier has argued more recently that prefatory material reveals authors’ and pub- lishers’ strategies for securing proper appreciation of their books, so that prefaces offer specific evidence about contemporary writing...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (3): 599–607.
Published: 01 September 2017
... demonstrates both wider patterns of use and the contradictory nature of the evidence. This book was presumably first used as it was intended, but it was subsequently removed from its exalted place at the pulpit. The bible was used by several different owners, most notably the seventeenth-century Moreton family...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (2): 215–239.
Published: 01 May 2003
... is made relevant for Christians: the story suddenly becomes the story of its entire Christian readership. So far from being “their” story, this is “our” story. We’ve seen through Abraham, to Christ (i.e., “us”) behind him. Seeing the motive behind such a reading doesn’t render it more per...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (2): 361–385.
Published: 01 May 2022
... authored this letter might have been fixated on the church's imminent destruction, the official who wrote out the document was probably more detached from the desperation expressed in its words. That is because this document is a copy of the letter to Lincolnshire, not the original, a material fact...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (2): 255–277.
Published: 01 May 2017
... suggest, and their circulation and readership in England reveals that they were also often read alongside one another. In many cases, versions of both texts appear within the same manuscript, for example, and their readership is largely comprised of the English gentry up through English royalty...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2000) 30 (2): 185–210.
Published: 01 May 2000
... on the material evidence and surroundings of a few medieval manuscripts, I have tried to suggest the many ways in which our attempts to bridge the gaps between ourselves and our medieval books and texts are managed and directed. By tracing the outlines of others’ encounters with these manuscripts...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (3): 461–486.
Published: 01 September 2017
... interpretive questions and different modes of textual engagement. It first presents a brief survey of books catalogued as Wycliffite bibles, highlighting the diverse forms in which Wycliffite translation appears. It then shows common patterns of reading, evident across a range of books, that seek to integrate...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (3): 565–586.
Published: 01 September 2020
... that underpinned their negotiations as is evident in the original papers collected at the Russian court. Miège s Relation and Marvell s papers The archival materials in Moscow throw into relief the way in which Miège developed a story of bureaucratic disagreements between the English party and the Russian boyars...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (3): 635–655.
Published: 01 September 2012
..., 1641.16 The Civil Wars offered excellent scope for news writers with a public readership hungry for tidings of the unfolding struggle. The demand for news was reflected in the pleth- ora of publications, many fly by night, but others surviving a year or more. One estimate puts the number...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (1): 79–104.
Published: 01 January 2021
... to provide accessible edificatory material for the religious community.57 The latter is certainly evident in the Tractato, where affirmation of the primacy of the Lateran is clearly aimed as much at Rome s ecclesiastical community as a lay or transitory audience, and is also reflected in the Aedificatio s...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2004) 34 (1): 173–196.
Published: 01 January 2004
.... But such a readerly assessment requires substantial prior knowledge not only of the material circumstances 182 Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 34.1 / 2004 of public bathing but of its social context. Could an eleventh-century English readership visualize the baths with any clarity...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (2): 221–244.
Published: 01 May 2024
... unfragmented as a design, even though the material execution was not finished. In her reading of the phenomenology of creation in this passage, Verity Platt points out that Pliny uses the unusual verb ago to render the evanescence of the artist's work (“cum id ageret”), a verb that generally denotes “doing...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2018) 48 (2): 227–260.
Published: 01 May 2018
... in and alongside which the work shaped its female readership. Where the Apostles’ Creed and its commen- taries tend to appear as components of longer texts like Cursor Mundi, Lay Folks’ Catechism, The Mirror of St. Edmund, and Speculum vitae, A Christian Mannes Bileeve is a stand- alone work that presents...