Sealed in Parchment

Sealed in Parchment

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Chretien de Troyes was France's great medieval poeta€”inventor of the genre of courtly romance and popularizer of the Arthurian legend. The forty-four surviving manuscripts of his work (ten of them illuminated) pose a number of questions about who used these books and in what way. In Sealed in Parchment, Sandra Hindman scrutinizes both text and images to reveal what the manuscripts can tell us about medieval society and politics.For example, at the conclusion of Le Conie del Graal a rubric describes in extensive detail the action portrayed in the double- column miniature that illustrates the episode of Gawain and the perilous bed: aquot;Ci divise comment mesire Gauvain se coucha ou lit perillieus, 1a#39;escu au col, ... In nine lines of succinct prose, with phrases directly appropriated from the verse, the rubric recounts an episode thatanbsp;...

Title:Sealed in Parchment
Author:Sandra Hindman
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1994-10-17


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