Marvel and artefact : the 'wonders of the east' in its manuscript contexts / by A.J. Ford.

"Marvel and Artefact examines the three surviving manuscripts of Wonders of the East (London, BL, Cotton Vitellius A. xv; London, BL, Cotton Tiberius B. v; and Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 614). After outlining the learned tradition of writing on monsters and marvels and the family of texts...

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Main Author: Ford, A. J. (Priest)
Format: Electronic
Published: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2015.
Series:Library of the written word ; v. 45.
Library of the written word. Manuscript world ; v. 7.
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Table of Contents:
  • Intro
  • Marvel and Artefact: The 'Wonders of the East' in Its Manuscript Contexts
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Figures and Tables
  • List of Abbreviations
  • 1: 'The Manifold Uses of Things': The Early Medieval Book as Artefact
  • 2: The Wonders of the East and the Learned Tradition of Marvels
  • Introduction
  • A Brief Overview of the Learned Tradition
  • The 'Wonders of the East' and the 'Letter of Pharasmenes to Hadrian'
  • 3: The Wonders in a Manuscript of Unknown Origin: London, British Library, Cotton Vitellius A. xv
  • Introduction
  • Illustration
  • Homodubii
  • Cynocephali and Donestre
  • Other Similarities
  • Conclusion
  • Palaeography
  • Anglo-Saxon Square Minuscule: Scribe 2
  • Style-I English Vernacular Minuscule: Scribe 1
  • The Significance of Distinct Scripts in Vitellius A. xv
  • Codicology
  • The Consensus Quires
  • The Contested Quires
  • The 'Wonders' in Vitellius A. xv: 'Speaking Beyond the Light'
  • 4: The Wonders and the Computus Manuscript: London, British Library, Cotton Tiberius B. v
  • Introduction
  • The Origin and Audience of Tiberius B. v
  • Reading Books and the Monastic Library
  • The Materiality of Tiberius B. v
  • Page Design in Tiberius B. v
  • The 'Wonders of the East'
  • The Calendar
  • Tiberius B. v: The Semiotics of the 'Computus' Manuscript
  • The 'Wonders of the East' as Semiotic
  • The Land of Vineyards and the Ivory Couch
  • The Mountain of Adamant and the Griffin
  • The Phoenix and Its Nest of Cinnamon
  • The Unnamed Fiery Mountain and Its Black Inhabitants
  • Jamnes and Mambres
  • Conclusion
  • 5: The Wonders and the Schools: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 614
  • Introduction
  • The Problem of Dating Bodley 614
  • Codicological Considerations
  • Art-Historical Considerations
  • Palaeographical Considerations
  • Textual Considerations
  • Summary.
  • The Origin and Sources of Bodley 614
  • A Palaeographical Comparandum?
  • The Calendar
  • The Additions from William of Conches's 'De philosophia mundi'
  • De miraculis beati Thomae apostoli
  • St Urri and the Folklore of Megalithic Monuments
  • Evidence Concerning 'Opusculum de ratione spere'
  • Summary
  • The Social Relations of the 'Twelfth-Century Renaissance'
  • Bodley 614 and the Practice of the Schools
  • Selection and Compilation
  • Self-Aware Commentary
  • An Illustrative Tradition
  • The Mythographic Mode
  • The Fighting Brothers
  • The Dancing Women
  • Conclusion
  • 6 The Materiality of Marvels
  • Postscript
  • Appendix: Summary Descriptions of the Wonders Manuscripts
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Subjects
  • Index of Ancient and Medieval Authors and Texts.