The Commonplace Book in Tudor London

The Commonplace Book in Tudor London

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The Commonplace Book in Tudor London examines the late medieval commonplace book in England, who kept these cheap, popular anthologies, what sorts of texts were transcribed into them, and what accounts for their rapid rise in popularity in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. The author discusses previous scholarship on commonplace books, as well as four manuscripts in exhaustive detail, giving as complete an account as possible of its provenance, materials, compiler, and individual texts, using all of these factors to produce a literary and cultural analysis of that codex. Finally, a brief analysis of the importance of the genre as an indicator of popular tastes, a milestone in the development of the internal life of the middle class Londoner, and as an aid to modern literary and historical interpretation of texts within the manuscripts.This is followed by a poem of 132 lines exhorting the reader to remember the day of his own dying. These are both typical ... Frost has correctly pointed out that the first twelve lines of these stanzas form an acrostic for aquot;EDWARDE NORTH.aquot; Frost identifies this author as ... Next, Colyn has transcribed a list of the members of the fourth parliament of Henry VII, which sat in 1491-1492. As Frost points out, anbsp;...

Title:The Commonplace Book in Tudor London
Author:David Reed Parker
Publisher:University Press of Amer - 1998-01-01


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