Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Signs on the Edge: Space, Text and Margin in Medieval Manuscripts

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Signs on the Edge: Space, Text and Margin in Medieval Manuscripts

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Signs on the Edge: Space, Text and Margin in Medieval Manuscripts, ed. Sarah Larratt Keefer and Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr, Mediaevalia Groningana NS 10 (Paris: Peeters, 2007). viii + 319 pp. ISBN 978-90-429-1980-8. euro62.00 (p/b). This volume, which grows out of a series of sessions offered at Kalamazoo, explores the origins and development of the aesthetics of space, looking back to Mediterranean culture and practice, Roman civilization and the intersection of this with Christian ideas, the journey of such notions to Ireland and Britain, and to Germanic regions of the Continent, and their adaptation and transformation in these local contexts. Essays draw on the disciplines of cultural history, literature, language, manuscript studies, palaeography, and visual arts to explore the shifting treatment of the 'central' and 'marginal' aspects of the page by medieval scribes. …

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