Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Form and Function in the Late Medieval Bible

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Form and Function in the Late Medieval Bible

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Form and Function in the Late Medieval Bible, ed. F.yal Poleg and Laura Light, Library of the Written Word 27; The Manuscript World 4 (Leiden and Boston, Mass.: Brill, 2013). xix + 412 pp.; 10 colour plates. ISBN 978-90-04-24888-5. euro119.00. This collection of essays, divided into two parts, sets out to reorient the discussion of the Bible in the later Middle Ages as a material book (defined as the ?late medieval Bible' 1230-1450), the portable small-format pandect, of which only one sub-group should be called the ?Paris Bible', paying attention to liturgical customs, how bibles reflect preaching technique, clues to the circumstances of production, and reading strategies; and in part two to explore vernacular bibles (here, somewhat regrettably and with no reflection on the consequences for the skewed overall picture, restricting the material covered rather narrowly to the Romance languages of France and Italy, and the Wycliffite Bible in England). …

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