Writing In Context: Insular Manuscript Culture 500-1200 by Erik KwakkelWriting In Context: Insular Manuscript Culture 500-1200 by Erik Kwakkel

Writing In Context: Insular Manuscript Culture 500-1200

EditorErik Kwakkel

Paperback | December 15, 2013

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 293 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 3-5 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Gathering essays from prominent scholars of medieval insular manuscripts, Writing in Context explores various aspects of written culture, with the emphasis on the physical appearance, including the development of insular scripts, book culture in Mercia, the layout of Anglo-Saxon charters, and the transition from Anglo-Saxon to Norman-inspired script and book production. Ultimately, the book highlights, in different ways, the relationship between the paleographical and codicological features of manuscripts and the culture in which the objects were produced and used. 
Erik Kwakkel is paleographer at Leiden University, where he directs the project Turning Over a New Leaf: Manuscript Innovation in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. 
Title:Writing In Context: Insular Manuscript Culture 500-1200Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.4 × 5.75 × 1.1 inPublished:December 15, 2013Publisher:Leiden University Press AcademicLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:908728182X

ISBN - 13:9789087281823

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents


List of Figures and Plates


Writing in Context: Introduction

Erik Kwakkel

Mercian Manuscripts:

The Implications of the Staffordshire Hoard, other Recent Discoveries, and the ‘New Materiality’

Michelle P. Brown

An Insular Copy of Pliny’s Naturalis historia

(Leiden VLF 4 fols 4-33)

Mary Garrison

A Giant Among Scribes: Colophon and Iconographical Programme in the Eadui Gospels

Francis Newton

Reading the Unreadable: Lay Literacy and Negotiation of Text in Anglo-Saxon England

Kathryn A. Lowe

English Manuscripts in the Century after the Norman Conquest:

Continuity and Change in the Paleography of Books and Book Collections

Teresa Webber

Hidden in Plain Sight:

Continental Scribes in Rochester Cathedral Priory, 1075-1150

Erik Kwakkel

Notes on the Contributors

Colour Plates

Index of Manuscripts

General Index

Editorial Reviews

"This is a strong collection of essays.  The broad topic of the materiality of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman manuscripts is capacious enough to happily embrace the diversity on offer here and yet tight enough to give some kind of chronological, geographical, and methodological cohesion. . . . All in all, this is an interesting volume that contributes to a burgeoning field of manuscript materiality in relation to medieval studies."