IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1502: The Secret Lives of Books: Adaptation and Alteration in Medieval Manuscripts, I - Putting the Biblical Texts to New Uses

Thursday 12 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Organisers:Kathryn Gerry, Department of Art History, University of Kansas
Kathryn M. Rudy, School of Art History, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn Gerry, Department of Art History, University of Kansas
Paper 1502-aThe Plot Thickens: New Findings from the 12th-Century Texts of Nicolaus Maniacutius
(Language: English)
Marie Thérèse Champagne, Department of History, University of West Florida
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 1502-bA Devotional Manuscript of a Controlling Woman in Ghent (1527)
(Language: English)
Suzan Folkerts, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Women's Studies
Paper 1502-cWorldly Insertions in the Holy Writ: Divergent Uses of Early Printed Dutch Bibles
(Language: English)
Mart van Duijn, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History
Abstract

Medieval books were often intended to last for years, if not centuries. Although usually made for a single primary purpose and often constructed to suit the needs of a single moment in time, manuscripts could be put to new and varied uses over the course of their long lives, thereby departing from the uses intended by their first owners. Such changes in use could entail significant physical alterations to the books themselves, either in the form of adaptations that would better suit the book to its new role, or as the result of a new pattern of usage. The papers in these sessions will examine some of the ways in which books could continue to be functional in new contexts, with particular attention to physical manifestations of such changes in use.