Online Lecture: ”more busines to fynd out what should be read, then to read it when it was founde out’: A Material History of the Bible in Late Medieval and Early Modern England’ (11th May 2021, 17:30 pm GMT)

The final installment of the 2020-2021 London Medieval Manuscripts Seminar (hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London) is Tuesday 11th May 2021 at 17:30 pm GMT. Eyal Poleg from Queen Mary University London will delivering the lecture.

‘more busines to fynd out what should be read, then to read it when it was founde out’: A Material History of the Bible in late medieval and early modern England:

‘Introducing the Book of Common Prayer in 1549, Thomas Cranmer sought to highlight the break with the medieval past. This paper will explore the long history of the Bible in England, from the rise of the single-volume, mass-produced Bibles of the mid-thirteenth century to the death of Edward VI in 1553.  The prism of materiality and use would enable us to question Reformation paradigms, tracing continuities, as well as transformations, in the history of the Bible across the later Middle Ages and early modernity. Some changes to layout and design, such as the introduction of chapter division, took centuries to be implemented. The paper will end with reassessing the methodologies needed for such analysis, advocating a new approach which would combine book and religious histories with scientific analysis of manuscripts and early printed books.’

This event has been organised by Julia Crick, King’s College London, and David Rundle, University of Kent.

Registration and the link to the Zoom event can be found here.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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