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This volume presents a history of the English medieval book through a series of examples centered on specific texts and their physical and cultural environments. It offers a sequence of analyses of commonplace problems of the book historian. Rather than focus on bibliographical particulars, Introducing English Medieval Book Historyconsiders the variety of ways in which scholars use manuscripts to discuss book culture, and it provides a wide-ranging introductory bibliography to aid in the study. Subjects covered include authorship, genre, discontinuous production,n and scribal individuality as well as the history of libraries and the history of book provenance
Ralph Hanna is Professor Emeritus of Palaeography at the University of Oxford and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Riverside. He has published on Langland, literary culture and medieval manuscripts, including 'The English MS of Richard Rolle' (University of Exeter Press, 2010). This new book is drawn from lectures given to Oxford first-year graduates over the course of many years.