History of Libraries Seminar

History of Libraries Seminar
1 May 2018, 5.30pm - 8.00pm
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

Charlotte Howsam , Archaeology South-East, UCL

Book Fastenings and Furnishings: an Archaeology of Late Medieval Books

Throughout the late medieval period, books were an integral part of religious monastic life, and yet such objects have received little attention from an analytical archaeological perspective, despite the significant quantity of metal book fittings recovered from English monastic sites. This paper will demonstrate how the archaeological and historical study of this form of material culture can enhance our understanding of the wider social and cultural contexts of late medieval books.
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