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Destroying Medieval Books (and Why That’s Useful)

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Books Before Print

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Binding of printed book covered by redundant printed leaf, fifteenth century. Leiden, Bibliotheca Thysiana, 1178. Photo by the author.The final chapter of this book deals with destruction and misery for the manuscripts in question...

Introduction

Sarah-Grace Heller

Sarah-Grace Heller is Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, USA, specialising in French and Occitan medieval literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Fashion in a medieval age, is that even possible? Weren’t those centuries the Dark Ages?—the antithesis of the dazzling world of catwalks and designer labels?These are questions worth debating. “Fashion,” “Medieval,” and “Dark Ages...

Production and Practice

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The study of medieval hair occurs at the intersection of hygiene, ritual, and beauty. Medieval people needed to clean their hair to keep it free of dirt and vermin. How they arranged it depended on an almost infinite variety of factors...

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Roberta Milliken

Roberta Milliken is Professor of English at Shawnee State University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...This is a book about hair—which means that it is also a book about history, about culture, and about language as well as symbolism. At first glance, thinking so specifically about hair might give one pause. Is something that is so common...

There and Back Again

Intercultural Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean

Continuum, 2012

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...The extravagantly misnamed ‘Fall of the Roman Empire’ greatly weakened, but by no means ended, the epic tale of the œcumenical empire. After a hiatus of a few centuries, contact between Western states and the enduring Roman Empire...

Hair and Social Class

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In the stratified society of medieval Europe from about 800 to about 1450 a person’s social rank was determined by birth. In the later Middle Ages sumptuary laws closely regulated how members of each of the classes should dress with regard...

Production and Distribution

Eva Andersson Strand

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Sarah-Grace Heller

Sarah-Grace Heller is Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, USA, specialising in French and Occitan medieval literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Who made medieval clothing, and where did it come from? During the approximately thousand-year period of the Middle Ages, the production, organization, and distribution of textiles and clothing changed considerably, although it is important...

Geography and the Environment

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...The daily lives of families in medieval Europe were profoundly affected by their geographical location and the environment. Their material culture and diet were influenced by where and how they lived. Children and adults who lived during...

Textiles

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Introduction The extremes of wealth and poverty of the Middle Ages, and the many levels between, were exemplified by the textiles that clothed bodies and furnished environments. Textiles were an essential...

Fashion and Adornment

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Every medieval person dressed themselves in clothing appropriate for their status, gender, and religion. Margaret Scott , Medieval Dress...