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Sixteenth-Century Readers, Fifteenth-Century Books
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This innovative study investigates the reception of medieval manuscripts over a long century, 1470–1585, spanning the reigns of Edward IV to Elizabeth I. Members of the Tudor gentry family who owned these manuscripts had properties in Willesden and professional affiliations in London. These men marked the leaves of their books with signs of use, allowing their engagement with the texts contained there to be reconstructed. Through detailed research, Margaret Connolly reveals the various uses of these old books: as a repository for family records; as a place to preserve other texts of a favourite or important nature; as a source of practical information for the household; and as a professional manual for the practising lawyer. Investigation of these family-owned books reveals an unexpectedly strong interest in works of the past, and the continuing intellectual and domestic importance of medieval manuscripts in an age of print.

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'Overall, Sixteenth-Century Readers, Fifteenth-Century Books offers a compelling case study of a kind of reading and class of readers … it is well written, copiously documented, and should serve as a model to other researchers working in a similar vein.'

Megan L. Cook Source: The Library

‘… this book is an important contribution to our understanding of how and why books were read during the English Reformation.’

Hilary Maddocks Source: Script & Print

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