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2010-2013  

The Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript:
Text Collections from a European Perspective

This cross-European research project studied the dynamics of a number of late-medieval Dutch, English, French and German miscellany manuscripts, focusing on the highly mobile short verse narratives they contain. Characterised by the migration of works from one manuscript context to another, this cultural phenomenon was ideally suited to the HERA JRP theme 'Cultural Dynamics'. In each unique, newly formed text collection new meanings are generated, enabling us to understand the cultural identity of the compiler or commissioner of a manuscript and to investigate how cultural, social and moral heritage is conveyed to new generations.

Our comparative, multilingual approach made it possible to determine trans-European characteristics in the organisation of text collections and to analyse how new author and reader identities were created. The research was conducted by 4 PhD students, 2 Post-doctoral and 4 senior researchers in close collaboration, and culminated in a large-scale conference.
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Project summary in French, German and Dutch (PDF)

 

Virtual exhibition 'Every Codex Tells a Story'

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Explore the world of the medieval manuscript in the virtual exhibition 'Every Codex Tells a Story', created within the context of this project.

 

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Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Ms. germ. fol. 1413, f. 225v:
At the end of the manuscript the scribe gives the year of the book's completion in self-confidently large letters: Das puch ist geschriben... ('This book has been composed...')

     
     
     
This project is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme (www.heranet.info) which is co-funded by AHRC, AKA, DASTI, ETF, FNR, FWF, HAZU, IRCHSS, MHEST, NWO, RANNIS, RCN, VR and the European Community FP7 2007-2013, under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities programme.