Recent literature – 2016

A list compiled by Ed van der Vlist (January 2017)

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Andrews, Tara, & Caroline Macé (eds.), Analysis of ancient and medieval texts and manuscripts: digital approaches. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014 (Lectio. Studies in the transmission of texts & ideas: 1). 346 pp., 27 b/w and 51 col. ills. ISBN 978-2-503-55268-2. € 97.

Papers presented at a workshop held in Louvain and Brussels, 2012.


Bartal_2016Bartal, Renana, Gender, piety, and production in fourteenth-century English Apocalypse manuscripts. Andover: Routledge, 2016. 182 pp., 80 b/w and 5 col. ills. ISBN 978-1-4724-5911-4. £ 95 / € 112,01.

Explores the mechanisms of a commercial workshop in the the Selden, Pepys and Brussels Apocalypses.


Becker&Licht_2016Becker, Julia, & Tino Licht, Karolingische Schriftkultur. Aus der Blütezeit des Lorscher Skriptoriums. Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 2016. 16, 80 pp., 3 b/w and 40 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-7954-2844-0. € 49,95.

Panoramic palaeographic tool on the emergence and development of caroline minuscule in the 8th and 9th centuries.


Berschin&Kuder_2015Berschin, Walter, & Ulrich Kuder, Reichenauer Buchmalerei 850-1070. Wiesbaden: Ludwig Reichert, 2015. 160 pp., 12 b/w and 60 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-95490-129-6. € 39,90.

Imaginary tour through 58 manuscripts illuminated at Reichenau.


Berthold-Sakramentar_2014Das Berthold-Sakramentar. Ms. M.710 New York, Morgan Library & Museum. Kommentar von Hans Ulrich Rudolf, Felix Heinzer und Christine Sauer. Graz: Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt, 2014 (Glanzlichter der Buchkunst: 22/2). 400 pp., 176 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-201-01987-3. € 98.

Facsimile of and commentaries on the sacramentary commissioned by abbot Berhold von Hainburg at Weingarten abbey shortly after 1215.


beuckers_a.inddBeuckers, Klaus Gereon, & Beate Johlen-Budnik (eds.), Das Gerresheimer Evangeliar. Eine spätottonische Prachthandschrift als Geschichtsquelle. Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau, 2016 (Forschungen zu Kunst, Geschichte und Literatur des Mittelalters: 1). 320 pp., 29 b/w and 99 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-412-50392-5. € 50.

New resaerch on several aspects of the Cologne gospel manuscript also known as the Hidda-codex.

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Recent literature – 2015

A list compiled by Ed van der Vlist

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tulibaAs-Vijvers, Anne Margreet W., Tuliba Collection. Catalogue of manuscripts and miniatures from the fifteenth and sixteenth century.

Hilversum: Tuliba Collection, 2014. 352 pp., over 300 col. ills. ISBN 978-90-90-28697-6. € 107.

Descriptions of the 33 medieval manuscripts in the privately owned Tuliba Collection. The book can be ordered at the Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen, Germany, by sending an e-mail to


Ausserlechner cs_2015Ausserlechner, Petra, Helmut Gritsch, Patrik Kennel, Walter Neuhauser, Alexandra Ohlenschläger, Claudia Schretter-Picker & Ursula Stampfer, Katalog der Handschriften der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol in Innsbruck. Teil 9: Cod. 801-950.

Wien, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2015 (Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Schrift- und Buchwesen des Mittelalters: II.4). 2 vols. (Katalogband and Registerband), 406, 85 pp., 23 tables with b/w and col. ills. ISBN 978-3-7001-7747-0. € 129.

Ninth volume of the Tyrol library catalogue, issued since 1987. The entire work is planned to have 10 volumes and will contain descriptions of 1067 manuscripts.

Avril_2013[Avril, François], Trésors enluminés – De Toulouse à Sumatra.

Ville de Toulouse/Musée des Augustins: Toulouse, 2013. 181 pp. ISBN 978-2-901820-39-0. € 29.

Catalogue of the exposition at the museum, November 2013 – February 2014.


Bauer-Eberhardt_2014Bauer-Eberhardt, Ulrike, Die illuminierten Handschriften italienischer Herkunft in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek. Teil 2: Von der Mitte des 14. Jahrhunderts bis um 1540.

Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2014 (Katalog der illuminierten Handschriften der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek in München: 6). Textband + Tafelband, 330 + 318 pp., 517 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-95490-032-9. € 348.

Describes 285 manuscripts.

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Save the Prayerbook of Mary of Guelders

Book of prayersProf Johan Oosterman of Radboud University at Nijmegen has set up a crowdfunding project to collect 25,000 Euro (out of an estimated sum of – well, much much more) in order to start the restauration and conservation of the famous prayer book of Mary of Guelders, one of the undisputed highlights of the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin.

More information and updates on the results may be found on the website:  An astonishing amount of money has already been given, but the manuscript is so badly damaged that the 25,000 euro Oosterman and his colleagues are aiming for can only be the beginning.


400 Years University Library of Groningen

De omslag van het boek

The University Library of Groningen. Four hundred years of history in four buildings, forty collections and infinite pictures, celebrates the University Library of Groningen’s 400th anniversary on 10 March 2015.

The book describes the history of the Library, using as a guide the four buildings in which it has been housed until today, and presents a selection of forty collections from the Library’s rich holdings.  The text is by Gerda Huisman, the brilliant photographs were taken by Dirk Fennema, the oblong format book was designed by Nynke Tiekstra (Coltsfoot Media, Rotterdam), and published by Roelf Barkhuis (Groningen).

For more information see the UB400 website, and the announcement (in Dutch only) in Dagblad van het Noorden.

Gerda C. Huisman, The University Library of Groningen. Four hundred years of history in four buildings, forty collections and infinite pictures. Groningen: Barkhuis & University Library Groningen, 2014. 99 pp.
ISBN 9789491431784
Price: €14,95

Just in time for a quiet moment in the final days of the year, here is a list of recently published books on manuscript studies, prepared by Ed van der Vlist, as always. For easy printing, there is also a PDF version, without pictures.

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BeerBeer, Manuela, Iris Metje, Karen Straub, Saskia Werth & Moritz Woelk (eds.), Die Heiligen Drei Könige. Mythos, Kunst und Kult / The Magi. Legend, art and cult. Köln/München: Hirmer, 2014. 335 pp., col. ills. ISBN 978-3-7774-2268-8 (German) and 978-3-7774-2267-1 (English). € 49,90.

Catalogue for the exhibition at the Museum Schnütgen, Cologne 25 October 2014-25 January 2015.


Beier KubinaBeier, Christine, & Evelyn Theresia Kubina (eds.), Wege zum illuminierten Buch. Herstellungsbedingungen für Buchmalerei in Mittelalter und früher Neuzeit. Wien/Köln/Weimar: Böhlau, 2014. 297 pp., 194 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-205-79491-2. € 59.

Thirteen contributions on the production of illuminated manuscripts.


BellBell, David N., The library of the abbey of La Trappe. A study of its history from the twelfth century to the French Revolution, with an annotated edition of the 1752 catalogue. Brepols, 2014 (Medieval Church Studies: 32). XIV, 648 pp., 3 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-54571-4. € 125.

Study of the library of a cistercian abbey in Normandy.


Bepler HeitzmannBepler, Jochen, & Christian Heitzmann (eds.), Der Albani-Psalter. Stand und Perspektiven der Forschung / The St Albans Psalter. Current research and perspectives. Hildesheim/Zürich/New York: Georg Olms, 2013 (Hildesheimer Forschungen: 4). 230 pp., 81 col. and 34 b/w ills. ISBN 978-3-487-14835-9. € 39,80.

Papers given at the international conference held in Hildesheim, 2009.


Beriou MorardBériou, Nicole, Martin Morard & Donatella Nebbiai (eds.), Entre stabilité et itinérance. Livres et culture des ordres mendiants XIIIe-XVe siècle. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014 (Bibliologia. Elementa ad librorum studia pertinentia: 37). 470 pp., 26 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-55019-0. € 85.

Sixteen contributions to the international conference of the IRHT held in Paris, 2010.


BischofBischof, Janika, Testaments, donations, and the value of books as gifts. A study of records from medieval England. Frankfurt am Main [etc.]: Peter Lang, 2014 (Münsteraner Monographien zur englischen Literatur / Münster Monographs on English Literature: 36). 357 pp. ISBN 9783631633151. € 63,50

Analysis of written sources with information on the material and immaterial values associated with books in the manuscript age.


BischoffBischoff, Bernhard, Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts (mit Ausnahme der wisigotischen). Teil III: Padua – Zwickau. Aus dem Nachlaß herausgegeben von Birgit Ebersperger. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014 (Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für die Herausgabe der mittelalterlichen Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz). XXIV, 628 pp. ISBN 978-3-447-10056-4. € 168.

Long-awaited final volume, describing nearly 4000 manuscripts. A register volume is in preparation.


Bretscher-GisigerBretscher-Gisiger, Charlotte, Peter Kamber & Mikkel Mangold, Katalog der mittelalterlichen Hand­schriften des Klosters St. Urban. Dietikon-Zürich: Urs Graf, 2013. 272 pp., 68 coll. ills. ISBN 978-3-85951-278-8. CHF 148 / € 120.

Contains descriptions of 70 medieval manuscripts and 5 fragments, 12th-16th century.


Carmassi SchlotheuberCarmassi, Patrizia, Eva Schlotheuber & Almut Breitenbach, Schriftkultur und religiöse Zentren im norddeutschen Raum. Wiesbaden: Harassowitz, 2014 (Wolfenbütteler Mittelalter-Studien: 24). 548 pp., 106 b/w and col. ills. ISBN 978-3-447-10016-8. € 108.

Eleven essays on various subjects concerning writing in medieval northern Germany.


CavalloCavallo, Guglielmo, & Giovanna Nicolaj (eds.), Chartae Latinae Antiquiores. Facsimile-edition of the Latin charters. 2nd series: Ninth century. Part LXXXIII: Italy LV, Lucca XII. Published by Antonino Mastruzzo. Dietikon-Zürich: Urs Graf, 2013. 151 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-3-85951-225-2. CHF 780 / € 630.

Concerns 46 charters, dated 872-875.


Cavallo, Guglielmo, & Giovanna Nicolaj (eds.), Chartae Latinae Antiquiores. Facsimile-edition of the Latin charters. 2nd series: Ninth century. Part LXXXIV: Italy LVI, Lucca XIII. Published by Clelia Gattagrisi, Corinna Drago Tedeschini & Paolo Fioretti. Dietikon-Zürich: Urs Graf, 2014. 160 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-3-85951-226-9. CHF 780 / € 630.

Concerns 47 charters, dated 875-881.


Cavallo, Guglielmo, & Giovanna Nicolaj (eds.), Chartae Latinae Antiquiores. Facsimile-edition of the Latin charters. 2nd series: Ninth century. Part XCIII: Italy LXV, Parma II. Published by Christina Mantegna. Dietikon-Zürich: Urs Graf, 2014. 164 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-3-85951-235-1. CHF 780 / € 630.

Concerns 35 charters, dated 826-896.


Cayley PowellCayley, Emma, & Susan Powell (eds.), Manuscripts and printed books in Europe 1350-1550. Packaging, presentation and consumption. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013 (Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe). 327 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-0-85989-870-6. £ 70.

Fourteen articles with innovative research on the history of the book, primarily in medieval England.


431306_Clouzot_UG.inddClouzot, Martine, Musique, folie et nature au Moyen Âge. Les figurations du fou musicien dans les manuscrits enluminés (XIIIe-XVe siècles). Bern [etc.]: Peter Lang, 2014. 500 pp., 7 b/w and 7 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-0343-1306-3. € 100,70.

Anthropology of images depicting musicians, based on medieval manuscripts.


Dartmann ScharffDartmann, Christoph, Thomas Scharff & Christoph Friedrich Weber (eds.), Zwischen Pragmatik und Performanz. Dimensionen mittelalterlicher Schriftkultur. Turnhout: Brepols, 2011 (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy: 18). VIII, 489 pp., 18 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-54137-2. € 90.

Seventeen essays dealing with social and political uses of the written word in premodern Europe, delivered at a conference in honour of Hagen Keller in Münster, 2007.


De RobertisDe Robertis, Teresa, & Rosanna Miriello (eds.), I manoscritti datati della Biblioteca Riccardiana di Firenze. IV: Mss. 2001-4270. Firenze: SISMEL, Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2013 (Manoscritti datati d’Italia: 23). X, 174 pp., 155 b/w ills. ISBN 978-88-8450-491-3. With cd-rom. € 250.

Contains descriptions of 143 manuscripts; with indices on all 559 manuscripts in the now complete series of four volumes on this library.


DelsauxDelsaux, Olivier, Manuscrits et pratiques autographes chez les écrivains français de la fin du moyen âge. L’exemple de Christine de Pizan. Genève: Droz, 2013 (Publications Romanes et Françaises: 258). 616 pp., 1 ill. ISBN 978-2-600-21702-6. € 74.

Philological and codicological study of more than fifty Pizan manuscripts.


Delsaux Van HemelryckDelsaux, Olivier, & Tania Van Hemelryck (eds.), Les manuscrits autographes en français au Moyen Âge. Guide de recherches. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014 (Texte, Codex & Contexte: 15). 285 pp., 14 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-52279-1. € 71.

Repertoire of and selective bibliography on autograph French manuscripts, with three revised articles by Gilbert Ouy.


Layout 1Doyle, Kathleen, & Scot McKendrick (eds.), 1000 years of royal books and manuscripts. London: British Library, 2013. 323 pp., 94 col. ills. ISBN 978-0-7123-5708-1. £ 45.

Ten essays on the development of royal libraries, manuscripts and printed books.


Erdmann GoviErdmann, Axel, Alberto Govi & Fabrizio Govi, Ars epistolica. Communication in sixteenth century Western Europe: epistolaries, letter-writing manuals and model letter books 1501-1600. Luzern: Gilhofer & Ranschburg, 2014. XXV, 771 pp., ills. ISBN 978-3-033-04329-9. € 150.

Descriptions of printed letter collections, letter-writing manuals and model letter collections, with finding lists and comprehensive list of secondary sources.


FabreJan Fabre: Illuminations Enluminures. Trésors enluminés de France. [Exposition, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, 08/11/2013 – 10/02/2014] Tourcoing: Editions Invenit, 2013. 286 pp., col. ills. ISBN 9782918698562. € 29.

Confronts the work of the modern artist Jan Fabre (Antwerp 1958) with some illuminated manuscripts and other art objects from the 12th-17th century in public collections in northern France.


Fein Johnston ThorntonFein, Susanna, & Michael Johnston (eds.), Robert Thornton and his books. Essays on the Lincoln and London Thornton manuscripts. Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2014. 310 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-903153-51-2. £ 60.

Eight essays on two manuscripts copied by Robert Thornton around the middle of the fifteenth century.


FournieFournié, Eléonore, L’iconographie de la Bible Historiale. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012 (Répertoire Iconographique de la Littérature du Moyen Âge: 2). 269 pp., 130 b/w and 53 col. ills. ISBN 978-2-503-53532-6. € 65.

Opens up Guyart des Moulins’ succesful creation, presenting Brussels, BR, ms. 9001-9002 (Paris, early 15th c.).


FreemanFreeman, Arthur, Bibliotheca fictiva. A collection of books & manuscripts relating to literary forgery 400 BC-AD 2000. London: Bernard Quaritch, 2014. XVI, 424 pp., 36 b/w and 1 col. ills. ISBN 978-0-9563012-8-4. £ 60 / c. € 73.

Seeks to define and describe literary forgeries, with inventory of books and manuscripts relating to this controversial genre.


GoehringGoehring, Margaret, Space, place and ornament: the function of landscape in medieval manuscript illumination. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. 196 [+16] pp., 85 b/w and 16 col. ills. ISBN 978-2-503-52977-6. € 105.

Analyzes the functions of landscape imagery within medieval Northern Europe manuscript illumination.


HamburgerHamburger, Jeffrey F., Script as image. Paris/Leuven/Walpole, MA: Peeters, 2014 (Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts: 21). 71 pp., 39 col. ills. ISBN 978-90-429-3035-3. € 25.

Aims to amplify ways in which medieval scribes represented sacred speech in visual forms, such as display scripts, monograms, nomina sacra and speech scrolls.


HauschildHauschild, Stephanie, Skriptorium. Die mittelalterliche Buchwerkstatt. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2013. 144 pp., 40 b/w and col. ills. ISBN 978-3-8053-4606-1. € 24,99.

Elementary overview of the production of books in the manuscript age.


Horobin MooneyHorobin, Simon, & Linne Mooney (eds.), Middle English texts in transition. A Festschrift dedicated to Toshiyuki Takamiya on his 70th birthday. Woodbridge : York Medieval Press, 2014. XIX, 335 pp., 39 b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-903153-53-6. £ 60.

Seventeen essays centred on late medieval English manuscripts and their texts.


HourihaneHourihane, Colum (ed.), Manuscripta illuminata. Approaches to understanding medieval & Renaissance manuscripts. Princeton: Princeton University / Penn State University Press, 2014 (Index of Christian Art: Occasional Papers: 16). 286 pp., 168 col. and 10 b/w ills. ISBN 978-0-9837537-3-5. € 26,90.

Conference papers on manuscripts at Princeton, placing the university’s collection in the broader framework of manuscript studies.


Jenni TheisenJenni, Ulrike, & Maria Theisen, Mitteleuropäische Schulen IV (ca. 1380-1400). Hofwerkstätten König Wenzels IV. und deren Umkreis. Wien: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2014 (Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, Denkschriften: 458; Veröffentlichungen zum Schrift- und Buchwesen des Mittelalters, Reihe I: Die illuminierten Handschriften und Inkunabeln der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek: 13). 2 vols., 252 and 56 pp., 130 b/w and 272 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-7001-7203-1. € 121.

Catalogues 14 manuscripts in Bohemian court style.


Blackburn exhib catalogue - cover - 28 Oct 13 - final version.inJohnston, Cynthia, & Sarah J. Biggs (eds.), Blackburn’s ‘Worthy Citizen’: the philanthropic legacy of R.E. Hart. London: Institute of English Studies, 2013. 53 pp., 32 col. and 4 b/w ills. ISBN 978-0-9927257-0-9. £ 8.

Companion to the exhibition, November 2013, in the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, with introduction to the history and content of the R.E. Hart Collection.


KennedyKennedy, Kathleen E., The courtly and commercial art of the Wycliffite Bible. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014 (Medieval Chuch Studies: 35). 234 pp., 58 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-54752-7. € 75.

Examines the illuminations of the first complete translation of the Bible into English.


KingsleyKingsley, Jennifer P., The Bernward Gospels. Art, memory, and the episcopate in medieval Germany. University Park: Pennsylvania State University, 2014. 195 pp., 18 col. and 34 b/w ills. ISBN 978-0-271-06079-8. $ 79,95 / € 61,40.

Interpretive study of the pictorial program of bishop Bernward of Hildesheim’s 11th-century gospel book.


KlugeKluge, Mathias Franc, Die Macht des Gedächtnisses. Entstehung und Wandel kommunaler Schriftkultur im spätmittelalterlichen Augsburg. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2014 (Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions: 181). 428 pp., 3 ills. ISBN 978-90-04-26675-9. € 138.

On the proces of ‘Verschriftlichung’ in late medieval Augsburg.


ManionManion, Margaret M., & Charles Zika, Celebrating word and image 1250-1600. Illuminated manuscripts from the Kerry Stokes Collection. Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2013. 80 pp. ISBN 9781922089595. $ 45.

Catalogue of the exhibition of twelve manuscripts from a private collection in the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, Australia.


Meale PearsallMeale, Carol M., & Derek Pearsall (eds.), Makers and users of medieval books. Essays in honour of A.S.G. Edwards. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2014. XVI, 258 pp., 35 b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-84384-375-7. £ 60.

Fifteen contribution to the history of late medieval manuscripts and early modern prints.


MorganMorgan, Nigel, & Stella Panayotova, with the assistance of Rebecca Rushforth (eds.), Illuminated manuscripts in Cambridge. A catalogue of western book illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges. Part four: The British Isles. Volume one: Insular and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts c. 700-c. 1100. London/Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2013. 360 pp., 440 col. ills. ISBN 978-1-909400-04-7. € 175.

Catalogues 97 manuscripts. With addenda to the previously published parts on Frankish manuscripts (2009) and addenda and corrigenda on Italian and Iberian manuscripts (2011).


MostertMostert, Marco, & Anna Adamska (eds.), Writing and the administration of medieval towns. Medieval urban literacy I. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014 (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy: 27). XVI, 366 pp., 26 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-54959-0. € 90. Eisdem (eds.), Uses of the written word in medieval towns. Medieval urban literacy II. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014 (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy: 28). XX, 453 pp., 25 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-54960-6. € 100.

33 contributions resulting from the research project ‘Medieval Urban Literacy’, presented during the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, 2007-2009.


MüllerMüller, Monika E., Der Bernward-Psalter im Wandel der Zeiten. Eine Studie zu Ausstattung und Funktion. Wiesbaden: Harassowitz, 2013 (Wolfenbütteler Mittelalter-Studien: 23). 384 pp., 66 b/w and col. ills. ISBN 978-3-447-10013-7. € 98.

All there is to know about this magnificent early 11th-century manuscript, acquired by the Herzog August Bibliothek in 2007.


Müller use of modelsMüller, Monika E. (ed.), The use of models in medieval book painting. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. XXXIV, 204 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-4438-5532-7. £ 44,99.

Seven essays circling around the problematic relation between ‘original’ and ‘copy’ in manuscript illumination.


RuysRuys, Juanita Feros, John O. Ward & Melanie Heyworth (eds.), The classics in the medieval and renaissance classroom. The role of ancient texts in the arts curriculum as revealed by surviving manuscripts and early printed books. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Disputatio: 20). VIII, 420 pp., 2 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-52754-3. € 100.

Explores the contexts that produced text of and on the ancient classics.


SaucierSaucier, Catherine, A paradise of priests. Singing the civic and episcopal hagiography of medieval Liège. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2014 (Eastman Studies in Music). 316 pp. ISBN 9781580464802. £ 50.

Uncovers the symbiosis of saintly and civic ideals in music, rituals, and hagiographic writing.


SchedlSchedl, Barbara, Der Plan von St. Gallen. Ein Modell europäischer Klosterkultur. Mit einem Beitrag von Karl Brunner. Wien/Köln/Weimar: Böhlau, 2014. 146 pp., 21 b/w and col. ills., 1 facs. ISBN 978-3-205-79502-5. € 29,90.

Compact survey on the famous architectural drawing, made in Reichenau before 830.


Schafe[Schnoor, Franziska, Karl Schmuki, Doris Oltrogge & Robert Fuchs], Schafe für die Ewigkeit. Handschriften und ihre Herstellung. Katalog zur Jahresausstellung in der Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen (1. Dezember 2013 bis 9. November 2014). St. Gallen: Verlag am Klosterhof, 2013. 143 pp., col. ills. ISBN 978-3-905906-09-7, € 48.

Nicely illustrated catalogue, concentrating on writing materials.


ScottScott, Kathleen L., An index of images in English manuscripts from the time of Chaucer to Henry VIII c. 1380-/c. 1509. British Library I: MSS Additional and Egerton. London/Turnhout, Harvey Miller, 2014. 360 pp., 37 b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-905375-63-9. € 115.

This volume describes 322 Additional and 63 Egerton manuscripts, while 431 other manuscripts of the period were also examined for representations.


ScraggScragg, Donald, A conspectus of scribal hands writing English, 960-1100. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2012 (Publications of The Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon studies: 11). XXII, 94 pp., 5 b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-84384-286-6. £ 75.

Annotated list of more than a thousand known hands, with details of their work.


SteinmannSteinmann, Martin, Handschriften im Mittelalter. Eine Quellensammlung. Basel: Schwabe, 2013. 932 pp., 1 ill. ISBN 978-3-7965-2890-3. € 84,50.

Very nice collection of sources and citations on the production, use and keeping of manuscripts in the Middle Ages, in Latin and the vernaculars, with modern German translation and arranged chronologically.


StokesStokes, Peter A., English vernacular minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut c. 990-c. 1035. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2014 (Publications of The Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon studies: 14). XII, 265 pp., 20 b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-84384-369-6. £ 60.

Analysis of the complete corpus of c. 500 surviving manuscripts and documents written in English vernacular minuscule, with reexamination of the evidence for dating and localising them.


TheisenTheisen, Maria (ed.), Engel. Himmlische Boten in alten Handschriften. Darmstadt: Lambert Schneider, 2014. 208 pp., 180 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-650-40094-9. € 41,90.

Exhibition catalogue presenting angels in judaism, christianity and islam from manuscripts in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.


Van HoorebeeckVan Hoorebeeck, Céline, Livres et lectures des fonctionnaires des ducs de Bourgogne (ca 1420-1520). Turnhout: Brepols, 2014 (Texte, Codex & Contexte: 16). 660 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-54441-0. € 99.

Impressive study of books owned by officials serving the dukes of Burgundy. With biographical repertoire, documentary repertoire and descriptive catalogue of the books.


WieckWieck, Roger S., with contributions by Francisco H. Trujillo, Miracles in miniature. The art of the Master of Claude de France. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 2014. 104 pp., 95 col. ills. ISBN 978-0-87598-167-3. $ 25 / € 19,20.

On the Morgan’s manuscripts with paintings by one of the last great French illuminators, working in Tours c. 1508-1520.


WilloughbyWilloughby, James M.W. (ed.), The libraries of collegiate churches. British Library/British Academy, 2013 (Corpus of British medieval library catalogues: 15). 2 vols., LXXXIX, 1130 pp., 4 b/w ills. ISBN 978-0-7123-5706-7. £ 125.

Collection of inventories, bequests, booklists and other sources mentioning books from collegiate libraries outside universities.



Recent publications, 2013 II


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R e c e n t v e r s c h e n e n l i t e r a t u u r – 2013_II



Andrist ea_2013Andrist, Patrick, Paul Canart & Marilena Maniaci (eds.), La syntaxe du codex. Essai de codicologie structurale. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Bibliologia: 34). 216 pp., 16 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-54393-2. € 75.

Overview of and proposals on the methods of analysing composite medieval manuscripts.


Beal 2013Beal, Peter (ed.), Discovering, identifying and editing early modern manuscripts. London: The British Library, 2013 (English manuscript studies 1100-1700: 18). 272 pp., 25 b/w ills. ISBN 978-0-7123-5893-4. £ 50.

Ten articles on authorship, scribes, provenance, transmission, new manuscript texts, and systematic analyses.


Cahu 2013Cahu, Frédérique (ed.), Un témoin de la production du livre universitaire dans la France du XIIIe siècle: la collection des Décrétales de Grégoire IX. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Bibliologia: 35). 528 pp., 97 b/w and 27 col. ills. ISBN 978-2-503-54499-1. € 95.

Fundamental study on a group of 74 illuminated manuscripts with Raymond de Peñafort’s collection of decretals, produced at 13th-century universities in France.


Cavallo, Guglielmo, & Giovanna Nicolaj (eds.), Chartae Latinae Antiquiores. Facsimile-edition of the Latin charters. 2nd series: Ninth century. Part LXXXII: Italy LIV, Lucca XI. Published by Clelia Gattagrisi, Pasquale Cordasco & Corinna Drago Tedeschini. Dietikon-Zürich: Urs Graf, 2013. 156 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-3-85951-224-5. CHF 780 / € 550.

Concerns 47 charters from the Archivio Arcivescovile at Lucca, dated 865-872.


Cavallo, Guglielmo, & Giovanna Nicolaj (eds.), Chartae Latinae Antiquiores. Facsimile-edition of the Latin charters. 2nd series: Ninth century. Part CVI: Switzerland IX, Sankt Gallen VII. Published by Peter Erhart, Bernhard Zeller & Karl Heidecker. Dietikon-Zürich: Urs Graf, 2013. 140 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-3-85951-251-1. CHF 780 / € 550.

Concerns 55 charters from the Stiftsarchiv at Sankt Gallen, dated 858-865.


Colaman ao_2013Coleman, Joyce, Mark Cruse & Kathryn A. Smith (eds.), The social life of illumination. Manuscripts, images, and communities in the Late Middle Ages. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe: 21). X, 309 pp., 135 b/w and 9 col. ills. ISBN 978-2-503-53212-7. € 130.

Anthology exploring how the interplay of images and texts enabled an array of social interactions that helped shape individual and communal experience and identities.


Collins ea_2013Collins, Kristen, Peter Kidd & Nancy K. Turner, The St. Albans Psalter. Painting and prayer in medieval England. Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013. 104 pp., 94 col. and 2 b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-60606-145-9. $ 25 / £ 18,99 / € 22,10.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister’, on view at the Getty’s from 20 September 2013 to 2 February 2014.


Costard_2011Costard, Monika (ed.), Spätmittelalterliche Frauenfrömmigkeit am Niederrhein. Geschichte, Spiritualität und Handschriften der Schwesternhäuser in Geldern und Sonsbeck. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011 (Spätmittelalter, Humanismus, Reformation. Studies in the Late Middle Ages, Humanism and the Reformation: 62). XI, 764 pp. ISBN 978-3-16-150200-2. € 119.

Study of the ill-known vernacular books from two female convents in the 15th century.


Franklin-Brown_2012Franklin-Brown, Mary, Reading the world. Encyclopedic writing in the scholastic age. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press, 2012. 446 pp., 20 b/w and 5 col. ills. ISBN 978-0-226-26068-6. $ 55.

Analyzes the order of knowledge in some scolastic encyclopedias, such as Vincent of Beauvais´ Speculum maius.


Gertsman & Stevenson_2012Gertsman, Elina, & Jill Stevenson (eds.), Thresholds of medieval culture: liminal spaces. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2012 (Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture). XXIV, 373 pp., 105 b/w and 8 col. ills. ISBN 978-1-84383-697-1. £ 60.

Essays on the thresholds between the visual and verbal in medieval and early modern culture.


Golob_2013Golob, Nataša (ed.), Medieval autograph manuscripts. Proceedings of the XVIIth colloquium of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine, held in Ljubljana, 7-10 September 2010. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Bibliologia: 36). XIV, 601 pp., 280 b/w and 14 col. ills. ISBN 978-2-503-54916-3. € 95.

37 papers by established and younger paleographers, historians, literary and art historians dedicated to autographs.


Hauke & Ikas_2013Hauke, Hermann, & Wolfgang-Valentin Ikas, Katalog der lateinischen Fragmente der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München. Band 3: Clm 29550-29990. Kurzkatalog mit Nachträgen zu den Katalogbänden 1 und 2 nebst einem Anhang zu den bislang nicht ausgelösten Handschriftenfragmenten. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013 (Catalogus codicum manu scriptorum Bibliothecae Monacensis: Tomus IV, Series Nova Pars 12,3). XX, 459 pp., ISBN 978-3-447-06944-1. € 124.

Catalogues more than 700 Latin manuscript fragments, 7th-18th century; with a list of more than 1.800 fragments still in situ in old printed works.


Heitzmann & Carmassi_2013Heitzmann, Christian, & Patrizia Carmassi (eds.), Der Liber Floridus in Wolfenbüttel. Eine Prachthandschrift über Himmel und Erde. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2013. 288 pp., 60 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-534-25798-0. € 129 (untill 1 Febr. 2014: € 99).

Reproduces all pages of this beautiful mid-twelfth-century copy, with introduction and commentary.


Hindman & Marrow_2013Hindman, Sandra, & James H. Marrow (eds.), Books of Hours reconsidered. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History: 72). IV, 532 pp., 226 b/w and 117 col. ills. ISBN 978-1-905375-94-3. € 150.

21 essential studies on the production, use and evolution of the ‘medieval bestseller’.


Hoffmann_2013Hoffmann, Annette, Die Bibel von Gerona und ihr Meister. München: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2013 (Italienische Forschungen des Kunsthistorischen Instituts in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, 4. Folge: 9). 368 pp., 50 col. and 398 b/w ills. ISBN 978-3-422-07196-4. € 98.

On the bible made in Bologna around 1280 for cardinal Jean Cholet.


Houston_2013Houston, Keith, Shady characters. Ampersands, interrobangs and other typographical curiosities. London: Particular Books, 2013. XII, 340 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-846-14647-3. £ 16,99.

Charming tour through the secret lives of punctuation, symbols and other typographical marks, though clearly not by a palaeographer.


Koehler & Mütherich_2013Koehler, Wilhelm (†), & Florentine Mütherich (eds.), Die karolingischen Miniaturen. Achter Band: Erster Teil. Nachträge: Die Bibeln von München und Trier, Band I: Die Schule von Tours; Der Agrimensoren-Codex in Rom, Band IV: Einzelhandschriften aus Lotharingien. Zweiter Teil. Gesamtregister: Verzeichnis der in den Bänden I-VIII erwähnten Handschriften. Wiesbaden, Ludwig Reichert, 2013. 126 pp. and 72 pp. with 106 b/w ills. ISBN 978-3-89500-972-3. € 98.

Eighth volume of the impressive series started in 1930.


Kramer_2013Kramer, Bernadette, Een lekenboek in woord en beeld. De Spegel der minschliken zalicheid. Hilversum: Verloren, 2013 (Middeleeuwse studies en bronnen: 144). 279 pp., ills. ISBN 978-90-8704-346-9. With cd-rom. € 29.

Analysis of the Dutch adaptation of the Speculum humanae salvationis, based on the 15th-century manuscript Copenhagen, KB, GKS 79.


Kwakkel_2013Kwakkel, Erik (ed.), Writing in context: Insular manuscript culture 500-1200. [Leiden], Leiden University Press, 2013 (Studies in medieval and renaissance book culture: [2]). 318 pp., col. and b/w ills. ISBN 978-90-8728-182-3. € 34,95.

Second collection of ‘Lieftinck Lectures’, with exemplary contributions to Insular manuscript studies.


Leo_2013Leo, Domenic, Images, texts, and marginalia in a ‘Vows of the Peacock’ manuscript (New York, Pierpont Morgan Library MS G24). With a complete concordance and catalogue of Peacock manuscripts. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013 (Library of the Written Word: 28; The Manuscript World: 5). XXXII, 401 pp., 164 b/w and 22 col. ills. ISBN 978-90-04-25003-1. € 125.

An interdisciplinary exploration of iconography, reception, image-text-marginalia dynamics and context of a popular poem written in 1312 and dedicated to Thibaut de Bar, bishop of Liège.


Marchiaro_2013Marchiaro, Michaelangiola, La biblioteca di Pietro Crinito. Manoscritti e libri a stampa della raccolta libraria di un umanista Fiorentino. Porto: Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études Médiévales, 2013 (Textes et Études du Moyen Âge: 67). 343 pp., 150 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-503-54949-1. € 55.

All on the library of Petrus Crinitus (1474-1507), the Florentine humanist from Lorenzo de’ Medici’s circle.


Mertens ea_2013Mertens, Thom, Maria Sherwood-Smith, Michael Mecklenburg, & Hans-Jochen Schiewer (eds.), The Last Judgement in medieval preaching. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Sermo: studies on patristic, medieval, and reformation sermons and preaching: 3). XXXIV, 185 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-51524-3. € 70.

Nine essays by European scholars from several disciplines encouraging research along new, multi-perspectival lines.


Mertens & Van der Poel_2013Mertens, Thom, & Dieuwke E. van der Poel (eds.), Het liederenhandschrift Berlijn 190. Hs. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, germ. oct. 190. Hilversum: Verloren, 2013 (Middeleeuwse Verzamelhandschriften uit de Nederlanden: 12). 725 pp., ills. ISBN 9789087043872. € 56.

On one of the most important collections of devotional songs from the Low Countries, c. 1480.


Meyer_2013Meyer, Christian, Collections de Bourgogne et d’Île-de-France: Autun, Auxerre, Avallon, Beaune, Chalon-sur-Saône, Dijon, Mâcon, Melun, Provins, Semur-en-Auxois, Sens. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Catalogue des manuscrits notés du Moyen Âge conservés dans les bibliothèques publiques de France: 3). XXV, 271 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-54845-6. € 85.

Describes some 130 medieval manuscripts with musical annotation, 5th-16th century.


Müller & Heitzmann_2012Müller, Monika E., & Christian Heitzmann (eds.), Einen Platz im Himmel erwerben. Bücher und Bilder im Dienste mittelalterlicher Jenseitsfürsorge. Vorträge zur Ausstellung ‘Schätze im Himmel – Bücher auf Erden’. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012 (Wolfenbütteler Hefte: 32). 124 pp., 23 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-447-06771-3. € 14,80.

Speeches held in 2010 at the exhibition in the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.


Muzerelle_2013Muzerelle, Denis, Manuscrits datés des bibliothèques de France. 2: Laon, Saint-Quentin, Soissons. / Guy Lanoë & Denis Muzerelle, Les manuscrits de l’abbaye cistercienne de Vauclair. Paris: CNRS, 2013. 258 pp., 160 pp. b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-271-07762-2. € 76.

Concerns 142 dated or datable manuscripts from the 820’s onwards, with 280 summary notes on manuscripts since the 8th century.


Pigeon & Lhéritier_2012Pigeon, Christel, & Gérard Lhéritier, L’or des manuscrits. Les 100 manuscrits les plus précieux. Paris: Gallimard / Musée des lettres et manuscrits, 2012. 236 pp., col. ills. ISBN 978-2-07-013942-2. € 29.

Entertaining presentation of the most expensive manuscripts – not all of them medieval – sold recently (1983-2012), most of which are now in private collections.


Pyun & Russakoff_2013Pyun, Kyunghee, & Anna D. Russakoff (eds.), Jean Pucelle: innovation and collaboration in manuscript painting. London: Harvey Miller, 2013. 218 pp., 98 b/w and col. ills. ISBN 978-1-905375-46-2. € 110.

Nine essays exploring issues crucial to the work and legacy of one of the most distinctive artists of early fourteenth-century France.


Rankovic_2012Ranković, Slavica (ed.), Modes of authorship in the Middle Ages. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2012 (Papers in Mediaeval Studies: 22). VIII, 428 pp., b/w ills. ISBN 978-0-88844-822-4. € 80.

21 articles centred on the relationships between individual creativity and communal tradition, with a bias on Scandinavian texts.


Reinburg_2012Reinburg, Virginia, French Books of Hours. Making an archive of prayer, c. 1400-1600. Cambridge [etc.]: Cambridge University Press, 2012. xiv, 297 pp., 39 b/w ills. ISBN 978-1-107-00721-5. $ 79.

Combines a social history of the Book of Hours with an ethnography of prayer, based on the study of over 500 manuscripts and printed books from France.


Schmidt-Glintzer & Müller_2012[Schmidt-Glintzer, Helwig, & Monika E. Müller], Der Bernward-Psalter. Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012. 111 pp., 43 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-447-06770-6. € 30,70.

Inquires function and history of the magnificent manuscript ordered by bishop Bernward of Hildesheim c. 1010-1020, acquired in 2007.


Skemer_2013Skemer, Don C., Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library. Princeton, New Jersey: Department of Art and Archæology and the Princeton University Library / Princeton University Press, 2013. 2 vols., 483 and 558 pp., 88 and 40 col. ills. ISBN 978-0-691-15750-4. $ 250 / £ 175.

First comprehensive scholarly description of the Western medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in one of the finest collections in America, with holdings ranging in date from the Carolingian era to the Italian Renaissance.


Solopova_2013Solopova, Elizabeth, Latin liturgical psalters in the Bodleian Library. A select catalogue. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2013. XXXVI, 739 pp., 111 col. ills. ISBN 978-1-85124-297-9. £ 150 / € 185,90.

Contains descriptions of 111 psalters from Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain, ranging in date from the ninth to the sixteenth century, supplemented by comparative tables and indices.


StiegemannStiegemann, Christoph, Martin Kroker & Wolfgang Walter (eds.), Credo. Christianisierung Europas im Mittelalter. Petersberg: Michael Imhof, 2013. 2 vols., 560 and 832 pp., 48 b/w and 1187 col. ills. ISBN 978-3-86568-827-9. € 69,99.

Magnificent catalogue of a magnificent exhibition in Paderborn.


Stones_2013Stones, Alison, Gothic manuscripts 1260-1320. Part one. London/Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2013 (A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in France: [3]). 2 vols., 153 and 598 pp., 838 b/w and 76 col. ills. ISBN 978-1-909400-05-4. € 250.

Traces the cultural context of book illustration, its production, owners, and makers; this part comprises Paris, Normandy and the provinces of Sens, Rouen and Reims.


Vanwijnsberghe_2013Vanwijnsberghe, Dominique, ‘Ung bon ouvrier nommé Marquet Caussin’. Peinture et enluminure en Hainaut avant Simon Marmion. Bruxelles: Institut Royal du Patrimoine artistique, 2013 (Contributions à l’étude des Primitifs flamands: 12). IX, 502 pp., 400 col. and 46 b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-930054-17-9. € 66.

Monograph highlighting the work of Marc Caussin, a Hainault miniaturist active in Valenciennes from the 1430s to the 1470s, who worked for renowned bibliophiles, such as the duke of Burgundy.


Walker-Meikle_2011Walker-Meikle, Kathleen, Medieval cats. London: British Library, 2011. 96 pp., 75 col. ills. ISBN 9780712358187. £ 10.

Presents a wealth of cat imagery from a variety of sources.



Recent publications, 2013



(Here’s a PDF version, eight pages long, without the illustrations)


AMSLER, Mark, Affective literacies. Writing and multilingualism in the late Middle Ages. Turnhout: Brepols, 2011 (Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies (LMEMS): 19). XXV, 421 pp., 5 b/w and 5 col. ills. ISBN 978-2-503-53236-3. € 100.

Analyses later medieval writing and textual cultures in Latin, English, and French as they relate to reading formations and textual materialities.


AS-VIJVERS, Anne Margreet, Re-making the margin. The Master of the David Scenes and Flemish manuscript painting around 1500. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Ars Nova. Studies in late medieval and renaissance northern painting and illumination). 783 pp., 355 b/w and 72 col. ills. ISBN 978-2-503-51684-4. € 170.

Enriched version of a magnificent dissertation on the working practices of the Ghent-Bruges illuminators.


AVRIL, François, & Marie-Thérèse Gousset, Manuscrits enluminés d’origine italienne. 3: XIVe siècle. II. Émilie-Vénétie. Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2012. 221 pp. and 32 pp. with col. ills, 176 pp. with b/w ills. ISBN 978-2-7177-2551-3. € 150.

Catalogues 132 manuscripts.


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Op 14 juni vindt in de Leidse Universiteitsbibliotheek het symposium “Praten als Brugman, schrijven als Herp” plaats. Het symposium en de bijbehorende tentoonstelling verkennen een nieuw onderzoeksterrein; de invloed van de minderbroeders-observanten op het literaire bedrijf in de Lage Landen tussen circa 1450 en 1550.

De hervormingsbeweging van de minderbroeders heeft in heel Europasporen in schrift en in druk nagelaten. In de Nederlanden gaven de minderbroeders-observanten een belangrijke impuls aan de ontwikkeling en productie van geestelijke literatuur in de volkstaal. Opvallend is dat zij dit niet alleen deden door zelf als auteur op te treden, maar ook door actief gebruik te maken van het nieuwe medium van de drukpers. Hun rol als ‘mediator’ tussen auteur en drukker was uniek en werkte vernieuwend. Tijdens het symposium wordt de webtentoonstelling gepresenteerd. Deze tentoonstelling toont handschriften en drukken uit de Leidse collectie die verbonden kunnen worden met de literaire activiteiten van de observanten.

Voor programma en verdere informatie zie de poster-praten-als-brugman.

A great research tool has been put online: colour reproductions of a thousand manuscripts, black and white reproductions of another six hundred volumes and images of the decoration in 4200 manuscripts and incunables have been collected in a website developed by CNRS/IRHT.

It contains manuscripts from the Middle Ages until the early Renaissance, now preserved in about sixty libraries in France (the BnF is not included). . . . .

Here is the original announcement in French:

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Information on the International Conference Medieval Europe in Motion, organised by Alicia Miguélez and Maria Alessandra Bilotto of the Institute of Medieval Studies at Nova University, Lisbon, may be found on the flyer to the left, on the congress website and on the Facebook profile.

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