New Publication: ‘”Illuminating the Middle Ages”: Tributes to Prof. John Lowden from his Students, Friends and Colleagues’, edited by Laura Cleaver, Alixe Bovey, and Lucy Donkin

The twenty-eight essays in this collection showcase cutting-edge research in manuscript studies, encompassing material from late antiquity to the Renaissance. The volume celebrates the exceptional contribution of John Lowden to the study of medieval books. The authors explore some of the themes and questions raised in John’s work, tackling issues of meaning, making, patronage, the book as an object, relationships between text and image, and the transmission of ideas. They combine John’s commitment to the close scrutiny of manuscripts with an interrogation of what the books meant in their own time and what they mean to us now.

More information can be found here.

Table of Contents

Were Early Medieval Picture Cycles Recycled from Late Antiquity? New Evidence for a Lost Archetype of the Apollonius Pictus-An Illustrated Classic, Michelle P. Brown

Milanese Early Medieval Psalters: Models and Influences from West and East, Francesca Demarchi

Noli me tangere in the Codex Egberti (Reichenau, c. 977-93) and in the Gospel Book of Otto iii (Reichenau, 998-1000): Visual Exegesis in Context, Barbara Baert

The Green Tinted Souls of Dives and Lazarus in the Codex Aureus of Echternach, Maria R. Grasso

Portraits of Terence, the African, Beatrice Radden Keefe

Manuscripts Face to Face: León and the Holy Roman Empire in the Mid-eleventh Century, Rose Walker

The Two Pictures Cycles in Early Manuscripts of St Anselm’s Prayers, T.A. Heslop

Early Cistercian Manuscripts from Clairvaux, Kathleen Doyle

The Imagery of Noah’s Ark in the Mosaic Decoration of Monreale Cathedral, Mika Takiguchi

Some Observations on the Artists of the Leiden Psalter (Leiden, University Library MS B.P.L. 76A) and Their Working Practices, Emma Luker

A Portrait of Abraham Ibn Ezra (Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal MS 1186), Patricia Stirnemann and Judith Kogel

The Virgin and Child in the Map Psalter (London, British Library Additional MS 28681), Sally Dormer

Seeing and Reading the Matthew Paris Saints’ Lives, Martin Kauffmann

Extended Shelf-life: Manuscript Consolidation in an English Monastic Library, Kathryn Gerry

Domesday in Disguise, Jessica Berenbeim

From Warwickshire to New York via Canterbury: The Travels and Tribulations of the Bible of Richard of Sholdon, Frederica Law-Turner

Virgin, Devil, Bishop, King: Nicola Pisano’s Pulpit in Siena and Alfonso x’s Cantigas de Santa Maria, Deirdre Jackson

Of Venerable Teachers and Boisterous Students: Maistre Brunetto and the Arabic Aristotle, Hanna Wimmer

Lost and Found in the Meditationes Vitae Christi, Oxford, Corpus Christi College MS 410, Renana Bartal

Ivory Booklets, Devotion in Cologne, Sarah M. Guérin

Gothic Ivories Unhinged, Catherine Yvard

Monks and Ants in the Presence of Death: A Re-reading of Pliny the Elder in Quattrocento Illumination, Christian Heck

The Ridware Cartulary and the Great Seal of England, Julian Luxford

Sin and Salvation in the Hours of Jean de Dunois, Richard Gameson

Harreteau and His Unfinished Book of Hours, Rowan Watson

Looking Beneath the Surface: Subterranean Space in the Kutná Hora Cantional, Lucy Donkin

A Manuscript of Giovanni Boccaccio’s De Mulieribus Claris from the Library of the Benedictine Convent of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore in Milan?, Anne-Marie Eze

Bloodlines: Medicine and Cosmology in France, China, and Mexico, Jack Hartnell


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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