Pages from the Past

M.B. Parkes
Date published: 
February 2012

In the present collection, two overarching concerns emerge: the palaeography of manuscript books in relation to what Parkes has called the 'grammar of legibility'; and the importance of considering the circumstances in which medieval books were produced, copied and read. The studies discuss the handwriting of individual scribes and the evidence script can provide of the circumstances of a book's production, the effect of punctuation and layout of text on the reader's interpretation of a work, and the provision and production of books for communities of readers, both clerical and academic.