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Insular Books: Vernacular manuscript miscellanies in late medieval Britain

Margaret Connolly and Raluca Radulescu


This volume aims to rethink critical assumptions about a particular type of medieval manuscript: the miscellany. A miscellany is a multi-text manuscript, made up of mixed contents, often in a mixture of languages; such a volume might be the work of one compiler or several, and might have been put together over a short period of time or over many years (even over several generations). Such variety proves problematic when attempting to form critical judgements, particularly in terms of terminology and definitions. These issues are explored in the introduction, and the fifteen essays that follow ... More

Keywords: miscellany, anthology, household book, commonplace book, composite manuscript, medieval manuscript, later Middle Ages, Anglo-French, Anglo-Norman, Middle English, Older Scots, Middle Welsh, book production, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265833
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Connolly, editor
Honorary Research Fellow, School of English, University of St Andrews

Raluca Radulescu, editor
Reader in Medieval Literature, Co-Director of the Institute for medieval and Early Modern Studies, Bangor University and Aberystwyth University, Bangor University

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