The Romance of the Rose Illuminated Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales

by Alcuin Blamires, Gail C. Holian

The Romance of the Rose Illuminated Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales Synopsis

This book reproduces in colour, with commentary and full contextual discussion, all the miniatures from unpublished illuminated manuscripts of Le Roman de la Rose in the National Library of Wales. A central work in medieval culture, the Rose was among the most consistently illustrated of medieval secular texts. By presenting all the illuminations from all five illuminated Aberystwyth manuscripts the present study enables absorbing comparisons to be made. This is a book that will stir controversy through its scepticism about moral readings of Rose illustrations and through its insistence on an accidental element in the interpretative value of miniatures in secular texts. It will interest anyone who studies art and literature, including students of Chaucer - a poet who absorbed the Roman de la Rose to the core by translating it. The reader is first introduced to the narrative and to characteristic sites of illustration within it. The introduction goes on to identify existing published sources of reproductions, and then to argue the crucial role that a grasp of the practical circumstances of production should play in interpreting medieval miniatures. A final complementary chapter formally describes all seven Aberystwyth Rose manuscripts.

The Romance of the Rose Illuminated Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales Press Reviews

' ... a thoughtful guide ... provides illuminating insights into late medieval views of gender roles'. (The Burlington Magazine) 'This carefully produced catalogue is an important contribution to the study of illustration Roman de la Rose manuscripts, and is a most welcome addition to the investigations of medieval secular iconography' Scriptorium 'This carefully produced catalogue is an important contribution to the study of illustrated Roman de la Rose manuscripts, and is a most welcome addition to the investigation of medieval secular iconography.' Bulletin Codicologique

Book Information

ISBN: 9780708317518
Publication date: 27th June 2002
Author: Alcuin Blamires, Gail C. Holian
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 202 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general, Decorative arts,

About Alcuin Blamires, Gail C. Holian

Alcuin Blamires is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Goldsmiths University of London. Gail Holian is Professor of English at Georgian Court University.

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