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The Renaissance Reform of the Book and Britain

by David (University of Kent, Canterbury) Rundle

Part of the Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology Series

The Renaissance Reform of the Book and Britain Synopsis

What has fifteenth-century England to do with the Renaissance? By challenging accepted notions of 'medieval' and 'early modern' David Rundle proposes a new understanding of English engagement with the Renaissance. He does so by focussing on one central element of the humanist agenda - the reform of the script and of the book more generally - to demonstrate a tradition of engagement from the 1430s into the early sixteenth century. Introducing a cast-list of scribes and collectors who are not only English and Italian but also Scottish, Dutch and German, this study sheds light on the cosmopolitanism central to the success of the humanist agenda. Questioning accepted narratives of the slow spread of the Renaissance from Italy to other parts of Europe, Rundle suggests new possibilities for the fields of manuscript studies and the study of Renaissance humanism.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781107193437
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Author: David (University of Kent, Canterbury) Rundle
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 362 pages
Categories: Palaeography (history of writing), Printing & reprographic technology, Publishing industry & book trade,

About David (University of Kent, Canterbury) Rundle

David Rundle is Lecturer in Latin and Manuscript Studies at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent. His previous publications include, as co-author with Ralph Hanna, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts, up to c. 1600, in Christ Church, Oxford (2017).

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