This book looks particularly at the shift from manuscripts to the physical book, while taking into account the medieval book as not only as a source of information, but also as an aesthetic experience, a status symbol, and a shrewd investment. Tracing the rise of the book in the ninth and tenth century, this insightful study looks at the way in which the scribes eased the shift from manuscript to book through additions such as running titles and chapter numbers. A rich and intriguing history, Turning over a New Leaf examines how readers and the reading experience shape books, and vice versa.
About the Author
Rosamond McKitterick is professor of medieval history at the University of Cambridge and a professorial fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Erik Kwakkel is lecturer at Leiden University. Rodney Thomson is emeritus professor at the School of History and Classsis at the University of Tasmania.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Plates
Introduction: Gerard Isaac Lieftinck
J. P. Gumbert
Glossaries and Other Innovations in Carolingian Book Production
Biting, Kissing and the Treatment of Feet: The Transitional Script of the Long Twelfth Century
The Place of Germany in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance: Books, Scriptoria and Libraries
Notes on the Authors
Index of Manuscripts