Testaments, Donations, and the Values of Books as Gifts

Testaments, Donations, and the Values of Books as Gifts

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,… (more)

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Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissen (February 10, 2014)

Collection: Muensteraner Monographien zur englischen Literatur / Muenster Monographs on English Literature

Parent ISBN: 9783631633151

Page count: 354 pages

Language: English


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