The Scribes for Women's Convents in Late Medieval Germany

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University of Toronto Press, 01.01.2009 - 387 Seiten

While there has been a great tradition of scholarship in medieval manuscripts, most studies have focused on the details of manuscript production by male copyists. In this study, Cynthia J. Cyrus demonstrates the prevalence of manuscript production by women monastics and challenges current assumptions of how manuscripts circulated in the late medieval period. Drawing on extensive research into the surviving manuscripts of over 450 women's convents, the author assesses the genres common to women's convent libraries emphasizing a social rather than a codicological understanding of how manuscripts of women's libraries came to be copied.

An engaging mix of biography, women's history, and book history, The Scribes for Women's Convents in Late Medieval Germany will change the way medieval manuscripts are understood and studied.

 

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Introduction
3
Of Monasteries and Their Scribes
18
Structuring Scribal Relationships
48
The Content of Convent Manuscripts
90
Scribe as Individual
132
Why Scribes Serve
166
Conclusion
203
Distribution of Known Scribes and of Surviving Manuscripts by Monastic Order
215
Fortyeight Womens Convents with Active Scriptoria in Late Medieval Germany
217
Notes
221
Bibliography
303
Index of People
345
Index of Convents
357
Index of Manuscripts
363
General Index
371
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Über den Autor (2009)

Cynthia J. Cyrus is an associate dean in the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

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