Bibliographic Details

Writers and readers in medieval Italy : studies in the history of written culture / Armando Petrucci ; edited and translated by Charles M. Radding.

Author / Creator Petrucci, Armando.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 1995.
Description xiii, 255 p.
Language English
Subject Books and reading -- Italy -- History.
Written communication -- Italy -- History.
Books -- Italy -- History -- 400-1400.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Italy -- History.
Books and reading.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Written communication.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Radding, Charles.
ISBN 0300060890
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

These ten essays by a well-known professor of paleography (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), although sometimes diffuse, provide valuable insights into the nature of "written culture" over the course of the Middle Ages. The essays, all previously published between 1972 and 1986, are arranged in chronological sequence according to their period of coverage. The first eight cover a broad range of topics including the development of the miscellany in late Antiquity, literacy in Lombard Italy, the symbolism of writing during the Carolingian period, reading in the Middle Ages, and the development of authorial practices in the later Middle Ages. The ninth, focused on the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance, consists of two consecutive chapters concerning the manuscript book and libraries, reprinted from Letteratura italiana, ed. by A. Asor Rosa (Turin, 1982- ), joined under the title "Reading and Writing Volgare." The book concludes with an essay on the dangers of taking historical documents at face value. Overall, the essays are well translated by the editor, who also provides an introduction, and the illustrations for the most part are useful. There are extensive footnotes and a short index, but no bibliography. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. H. Kaimowitz; Trinity College (CT)

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