Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Commonplace Book in Tudor London: An Examinaton of BL MSS Egerton 1995, Harley 2252, Lansdowne 762, and Oxford Balliol College MS 354

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Commonplace Book in Tudor London: An Examinaton of BL MSS Egerton 1995, Harley 2252, Lansdowne 762, and Oxford Balliol College MS 354

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David R. Parker, The Commonplace Book in Tudor London: An Examination of BL MSS Egerton 1995, Harley 2252, Lansdowne 762, and Oxford Balliol College MS 354 (Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 1998). ix + 177 pp. ISBN 0-7618-1242-3. $42.00. David Parker declares in his preface (p. vii) that this book is neither an edition 'in the grand old tradition of F. J. Furnivall, nor is it a comprehensive theorization of the English commonplace book in the post-modern idiom' (p. vii). Either tack would have been preferable to his basically descriptive approach, where, following a brief introductory survey of `The late medieval English commonplace book', Parker devotes a separate and rather desultory chapter to each of the four manuscripts under discussion. The better bibliographical descriptions of these manuscripts already in print would probably have served Parker's present purposes far more usefully than the largely inadequate summary contents listings he gives on pp. …

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