Exhibition

The art of reading in the Middle Ages

Credits

This exhibition was created within the framework of the CEF-funded project ARMA – The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages.

Authors

Markus Greulich (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz): Among knights and troubadours: courts and court culture
Hannah Johnson (Bibliothèque nationale de France): The pastime of the people: reading culture in medieval cities and Bookpaths: circulation of manuscripts in the Middle Ages
Zdeněk Uhlíř (Národní knihovna České republiky): Temples of knowledge: reading culture in medieval universities
Mark Vermeer (Openbare Bibliotheek Brugge): Introduction, Thoughts and prayers: monastic life and reading culture, Colophon;
Ines Vodopivec (Narodna in univerzitetna knjižnica): Beyond lingua franca: development of reading in European national languages

Editors

Lead editor: Mark Vermeer, Openbare Bibliotheek Brugge

Markus Greulich, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Sian McInerney, Hunt Museum

Proofreading

Evelien Hauwaerts, Openbare Bibliotheek Brugge
Adrian Murphy, Europeana Foundation

Production

Małgorzata Szynkielewska, Europeana Foundation

Other contributors

Eva De Cooman (for Openbare Bibliotheek Brugge)

Further reading

Thoughts and prayers: monastic life and reading culture

  • Beach, Alison I. and Isabelle Cochelin (eds.), The Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin West, 2 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2020)
  • Boynton, Susan, ‘The Bible and the Liturgy’, in: Susan Boynton and Dianne J. Reilly (eds.), The Practice of the bible in the Middle Ages (New York: Columbia UP, 2011) pp. 10-33.
  • Doyle, Leonard J. (transl.), St. Benedict's Rule for monasteries (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1948).
  • Gleba, Gudrun, Klosterleben im Mittelalter (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2004).
  • Melville, Gert, Die Welt der Mittelalterlichen Klöster. Geschichte und Lebensformen (Munich: Beck, 2012).
  • Vanderputten, Steven, Medieval Monasticisms. Forms and Experiences of the Monastic Life in the Latin West (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020).

Among knights and troubadours: courts and court culture

  • Jackson, W. H. and S. A. Ranawake (eds.), The Arthur of the Germans: The Arthurian legend in medieval German and Dutch literature (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000).
  • Gaunt, Simon and Sarah Kay (eds.), The Cambridge companion to medieval French literature (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008).
  • Hasty, Will (ed.), German literature of the High Middle Ages (Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2006).
  • Krueger, Roberta L. (ed.), The Cambridge companion to medieval romance (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000).
  • Rautenberg, Ursula and Ute Schneider (eds.), Lesen: ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2015).
  • Weddige, Hilkert, Einführung in die germanistische Mediävistik, 9. durchgesehene Auflage, (München: Verlag C.H. Beck, 2017).
  • Wellbery, David E., Judith Ryan, and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (eds.), A new history of German literature (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 2004).

The pastime of the people: reading culture in medieval cities

  • Busby, Keith, Codex and Context: Reading Old French Verse Narrative in Manuscript (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002).
  • Cantéaut, O. (ed.), Le Discret langage du pouvoir. Les Mentions de chancellerie du Moyen ge au XVIIe siècle (École nationale des chartes, 2019).
  • Head, Randolph, Making Archives in Early Modern Europe: Proof, Information, and Political Record-Keeping 1400-1700, (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2019).
  • Rouse, R. H. and M.A. Rouse, Manuscripts and their Makers: Commercial Book Producers in Medieval Paris 1200-1500, Tome I, (Turnhout: Brepols, 2000).
  • Van Hoorebeeck, Céline, ‘Du livre au lire. Lectures et lecteurs à l'épreuve des catégorisations sociales’, in: X. Hermand, E. Renard, & C. van Hoorebeeck (eds.), Lecteurs, lectures et groupes sociaux au Moyen Âge, (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 123-131.

Beyond lingua franca: development of reading in European national languages

  • Biller, Peter and Anne Hudson (eds.), Heresy and Literacy, 1000-1530. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature. (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996).
  • Miltenova, Anisava (ed.), Preotkrivane: Supras"lski sbornik, starob"lgarski pametnik ot X vek = Rediscovery: Bulgarian Codex Suprasliensis of 10th century. Sofia: Institut za literatura, 2012.
  • Miklas, Heinz, Sylvia Richter and Velizar Sadovski (eds.), Glagolitica : zum Ursprung der slavischen Schriftkultur (Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2000).

Bookpaths: circulation of manuscripts in the Middle Ages

  • Allott, Stephen, Alcuin of York: His Life and Letters (York, William Session Ltd., 1974).
  • Autrand, Françoise, ‘La culture d'un roi : livres et amis de Charles V’, Perspectives Médiévales 21 (1995), pp. 99-107.
  • Green, D. H., Medieval Listening and Reading: the Primary Reception of German Literature 800-1300 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994).
  • Heilmann, Jan, ‘Reading Early New Testament Manuscripts: scripto continua, 'Reading Aids', and Other Characteristic Features’, in: A. Krauss, J. Leipziger and F. Shücking-Jungblut (eds.), Material Aspects of Reading in Ancient and Medieval Cultures, (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020), pp. 177-196.
  • Ruzzier, Chiara, ‘Qui lisait les bibles portatives fabriquées au XIIIe siècle ?’, in: X. Hermand, E. Renard, & C. van Hoorebeeck (eds.), Lecteurs, lectures et groupes sociaux au Moyen Âge, (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 9-28.

Temples of knowledge: reading culture in medieval universities

  • Kadlec, Jaroslav , ‘Řeholní generální studia při Karlově Universitě v době předhusitské’, Acta Universitatis Carolinae : Historia Universitatis Carolinae Pragensis, 7/2 (1966), pp. 63-108
  • Melanová, Miloslava and Michal Svatoš, Bibliografie k dějinám pražské univerzity do roku 1622 (1775 - 1975) (Prague: Univerzita Karlova, 1979).
  • Svatoš, Michal (ed.), Dějiny Univerzity Karlovy. I. 1347/1348 - 1622. (Prague: Univerzita Karlova, 1995).
  • Uhlíř, Zdeněk, Charles University: Its Scholars and Students in the Middle Ages and Their Work in the Context of Their Age (Prague: National Library, 1998).
  • Website of the Institute of the History and Archive of Charles University: https://udauk.cuni.cz/ARCHEN-12.html