Session 1302: Outside the Ruling: Signs of Use in Medieval Manuscripts, III - Were Medieval Books Designed to be User Friendly?
Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00
|St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
|Kathryn Gerry, Department of Art History, University of Kansas
Kathryn M. Rudy, School of Art History, University of St Andrews
|Kathryn M. Rudy, School of Art History, University of St Andrews
|The Efforts of a Medieval Poet and the Copyist of His Literary Work to Help Their Readers to Understand Correctly the Text
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Semitic, Manuscripts and Palaeography
|The Registers of the Clerks of the Count of Holland
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Manuscripts and Palaeography
|The Manipulation of Reception in Johannes Tauler's Von eym waren Euangelischen leben: A Paratextual Comparison of the 1543 Cologne Print and the 1555 Arnhem Manuscript
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History
The careful planning and structuring of medieval books offer implied guidelines for how they should be used, but as is made clear by many of the manuscripts themselves, readers were free to follow or ignore such guidelines. This session will include papers on the physical manifestations of use in medieval manuscripts, with an emphasis on the ways medieval readers/viewers interacted with their books. Interactions could include touching, rubbing, kissing, or adding/removing materials from medieval manuscripts; evidence of these interactions is sometimes manifest in the materials of a given manuscript, or might be reflected in a later copy, description or depiction. In some cases, the producers of books (or portions of books) sought to direct, control, hinder, or otherwise mediate the responses of readers/viewers.