Dr Lynda Dennison (Oxford University) and Dr Cynthia Johnston (IES)​
Half-day, afternoon, from 14.00 to 17.00
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

The decorated book changed dramatically in the late medieval period, responding to the aesthetic inclinations of patrons. In England, border decoration starts in second quarter of the thirteenth century in the manuscripts of William de Brailes. It continues to develop in the products of the William of Devon group and other key works. By the close of the thirteenth century penwork cedes its primary position to the border in pigment as a mode of decorative embellishment and reaches an apogee of development in East Anglia in the first half of the fourteenth century. The more restrained manuscripts of the Queen Mary Psalter group were influential for the second half of the fourteenth century in works such as the Litlyngton Missal whose borders, in turn, were of importance for the design of the Wycliffite Bibles. Analysis of border structures and distinctive motifs can assist in determining centres of manuscript production, a methodology which will underpin aspects of this course.

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L. Dennison and N. Morgan, ‘The Decoration of Wycliffite Bibles’, in The Wycliffite Bible, Origin, History and Interpretation, E. Solopova, ed. (Brill: Leiden/Boston, 2017), pp. 266-345

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