Testaments, Donations, and the Values of Books as Gifts PDF ePub eBook

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Testaments, Donations, and the Values of Books as Gifts free pdf Why were books considered valuable in the Middle Ages? This study focuses on medieval testaments and donation records from England before 1450 to investigate this question. The primary sources and datable records from before and after the Norman Conquest show that contemporary attitudes can be examined surprisingly closely. Semantic fields as indicators of value help us to discover the material and immaterial values associated with books in the manuscript period, and to trace changes and developments in book ownership and book production. This systematic and statistical analysis of the records shows the varied and multi-facetted nature of medieval books as gifts as seen by givers and recipients.

About Janika Bischof

Janika Bischof studied English Philology in Munster (Germany) and St Andrews (UK). She worked as research assistant at the collaborative research centre Symbolische Kommunikation und gesellschaftliche Wertesysteme in the project Das Buchgeschenk in England im Spatmittelalter at the University of Munster. She is currently research assistant at a specialist library.

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Author : Janika Bischof
Publisher : Peter Lang GmbH
Data Published : 12 February 2014
ISBN : 3631633157
EAN : 9783631633151
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 354 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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    . Why were books considered valuable in the Middle Ages? This study focuses on medieval testaments and donation records from England before 1450 to investigate this question. The primary sources and d