Matthew fishers scribal authorship and the writing of history in medieval england demonstrates through several compelling examples that the range of activity we attribute to medieval scribes should be radically widened moreover this study identifies historical writing as an especially revealing place to investigate the complexities of scribal culture. Authors fisher matthew abstract based on new readings of some of the least read texts by some of the best known scribes of later medieval england scribal authorship and the writing of history in medieval england reconceptualizes medieval scribes as authors and the texts . In scribal authorship matthew fisher examines the distinction between creation and inscription in insular history writing from bede to the fourteenth centurysituated in the history of the book scribal authorship complicates the notions of authorship and textuality by considering the generations of texts used by medieval history writers to create their own narratives. In invention and authorship in medieval england robert r edwards brings new interpretive perspectives to walter map marie de france john gower geoffrey chaucer thomas hoccleve and john lydgate he offers a critical reading of key moments that define the emergence of medieval english authorship by showing how writers adapt the . Scribal authorship is clear precise and engaging and as the argument develops fisher is careful to address its consequences logically and sensitively the resulting model replaces assumptions about exemplars copying practices and scribal authority with a broader scope of scribal agency supported by evidence from medieval texts and
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