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The Role of the Scroll: An Illustrated Introduction to Scrolls in the Middle Ages (Hardback)
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The Role of the Scroll: An Illustrated Introduction to Scrolls in the Middle Ages (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 30/04/2019
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The Role of the Scroll answers the question of why scrolls were made when it was possible to produce books. Scrolls were the standard form of book in Western antiquity but from the fourth century onward, the codex began to outnumber scrolls. And yet, people in the Middle Ages continued to make them.

In these colourful pages, the reader will discover remarkable scrolls that range from showy court documents for empresses to tiny amulets for pregnant women, from pilgrimage maps to small, portable actors' scrolls. An alchemical recipe for gold gives a glimpse into medieval life as a metalsmith and a lengthy list of gifts for Queen Elizabeth I enables the reader to observe a court party. Lively and accessible, The Role of the Scroll is essential reading-and viewing-for anyone interested in how people have kept record of life through the ages.

Publisher: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9780393285031
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"We all supposed that scrolls had more-or-less died out in the ancient world, to be superseded by the codex. This fascinating book unfolds a parallel universe of manuscripts throughout the Middle Ages. The living fossils from antiquity were actually still there, alive and invisible, in every aspect of medieval book production. They just keep rolling, they keep on rolling along." -- Christopher de Hamel, author of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
"There is much to admire in Kelly's concise, well-illustrated, and vivid account." -- Bernard Meehan, Research Fellow, Trinity Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
"This is a wonderful introduction to the medieval scroll. A thoroughly enjoyable reading with numerous insights on this very popular form and exceptionally illustrated with key examples and explanatory caption." -- Orietta Da Rold, Fellow at St. John's College, Cambridge

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