Illuminating the Middle Ages

Tributes to Prof. John Lowden from his Students, Friends and Colleagues


The twenty-eight essays in this collection showcase cutting-edge research in manuscript studies, encompassing material from late antiquity to the Renaissance. The volume celebrates the exceptional contribution of John Lowden to the study of medieval books. The authors explore some of the themes and questions raised in John’s work, tackling issues of meaning, making, patronage, the book as an object, relationships between text and image, and the transmission of ideas. They combine John’s commitment to the close scrutiny of manuscripts with an interrogation of what the books meant in their own time and what they mean to us now.

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Laura Cleaver, Ph.D. (2008), University of London, is Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art at Trinity College Dublin. Her most recent monograph is Illuminated History Books in the Anglo-Norman World, 1066-1272 (Oxford, 2018).

Alixe Bovey, Ph.D. (2000), University of London, is Head of Research at The Courtauld Institute of Art. She has published widely on medieval manuscripts and is currently working on a project on giants.

Lucy Donkin, Ph.D. (2005), University of London, is a lecturer in History and History of Art at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on sacred space, and she is co-editor of Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West (Oxford, 2012).
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 List of Contributors


1 Were Early Medieval Picture Cycles Recycled from Late Antiquity? New Evidence for a Lost Archetype of the Apollonius Pictus—An Illustrated Classic
  Michelle P. Brown

2 Milanese Early Medieval Psalters: Models and Influences from West and East
  Francesca Demarchi

3 Noli me tangerein the Codex Egberti (Reichenau,c.977–93) and in the Gospel Book of Otto III (Reichenau, 998–1000): Visual Exegesis in Context
  Barbara Baert

4 The Green Tinted Souls of Dives and Lazarus in the Codex Aureus of Echternach
  Maria R. Grasso

5 Portraits of Terence, the African
  Beatrice Radden Keefe

6 Manuscripts Face to Face: León and the Holy Roman Empire in the Mid-Eleventh Century
  Rose Walker

7 The Two Pictures Cycles in Early Manuscripts of St Anselm’s Prayers
  T.A. Heslop

8 Early Cistercian Manuscripts from Clairvaux
  Kathleen Doyle

9 The Imagery of Noah’s Ark in the Mosaic Decoration of Monreale Cathedral
  Mika Takiguchi

10 Some Observations on the Artists of the Leiden Psalter (Leiden, University Library MS B.P.L. 76A) and Their Working Practices
  Emma Luker

11 A Portrait of Abraham Ibn Ezra (Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal MS 1186)
  Patricia Stirnemann and Judith Kogel

12 The Virgin and Child in the Map Psalter (London, British Library Additional MS 28681)
  Sally Dormer

13 Seeing and Reading the Matthew Paris Saints’ Lives
  Martin Kauffmann

14 Extended Shelf-life: Manuscript Consolidation in an English Monastic Library
  Kathryn Gerry

15 Domesday in Disguise
  Jessica Berenbeim

16 From Warwickshire to New York via Canterbury: The Travels and Tribulations of the Bible of Richard of Sholdone
  Frederica Law-Turner

17 Virgin, Devil, Bishop, King: Nicola Pisano’s Pulpit in Siena and Alfonso X’s Cantigas de Santa Maria
  Deirdre Jackson

18 Of Venerable Teachers and Boisterous Students: Maistre Brunetto and the Arabic Aristotle
  Hanna Wimmer

19 Lost and Found in the Meditationes Vitae Christi, Oxford, Corpus Christi College MS 410
  Renana Bartal

20 Ivory Booklets, Devotion in Cologne
  Sarah M. Guérin

21 Gothic Ivories Unhinged
  Catherine Yvard

22 Monks and Ants in the Presence of Death. A Re-reading of Pliny the Elder in Quattrocento Illumination
  Christian Heck

23 The Ridware Cartulary and the Great Seal of England
  Julian Luxford

24 Sin and Salvation in the Hours of Jean de Dunois
  Richard Gameson

25 Harreteau and His Unfinished Book of Hours
  Rowan Watson

26 Looking Beneath the Surface: Subterranean Space in the Kuntá Hora Cantional
  Lucy Donkin

27 A Manuscript of Giovanni Boccaccio’sDe Mulieribus Claris from the Library of the Benedictine Convent of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore in Milan?
  Anne-Marie Eze

28 Bloodlines: Medicine and Cosmology in France, China, and Mexico
  Jack Hartnell

 Index of manuscripts
 General index
The book will appeal to academics and post-graduate students. It will be of interest to university libraries, and manuscript collections. Its subjects are art history and medieval history.
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