Academic journal article Medium Aevum

La Collaboration Dans la Production De L'écrit Médiéval: Actes Du XIIIe Colloque Du Comité Internationale De Paléographie Latine

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

La Collaboration Dans la Production De L'écrit Médiéval: Actes Du XIIIe Colloque Du Comité Internationale De Paléographie Latine

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La Collaboration dans la production de l'écrit médiéval: Actes du XIIIe Colloque du Comité Internationale de Paléographie Latine, ed. Herrad Spilling, Matériaux pour l'histoire, publiés par l'École des Chartes, 4 (Paris: École des Chartes, 2003). 509 pp.; 4 colour plates, 106 black-and-white plates. ISBN 2-900791-59-6. euro50.00

Any medievalist who has examined more than a few manuscripts will have become aware that the image of the lonely scribe labouring lovingly to produce a magnificent error-free copy of a venerable text belongs to the realm of fantasy. Simple common sense alone and a little reflection on the various tasks involved in the making of medieval books and documents would in any case suffice to make an incontrovertible case for the need for collaboration. This interesting collection of articles, whose arguments are supported by many reproductions, deals primarily with Latin religious, liturgical, and philosophical texts, although two contributions touch on the Spanish and French vernaculars, and others still deal with the production of Latin charters and indulgences. The many conclusions drawn about collaboration among scribes and between scribes and other artisans of the medieval book may be applied, of course, mutatis mutandis, to the production of vernacular texts and will therefore be of interest to scholars in many different disciplines, literary, historical, and art historical. I shall not single out any particular articles for special mention here, but it is worth pointing out that the geographical area covered includes most regions of medieval Europe from Carolingian times through to the transition from script to print at the turn of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. …

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