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Palimpsests and gaps
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I conclude with a summary of what has been learned in this book by focusing on a final case study of the 1517 copy of Robert the Devil housed in the British Library. I then return to the idea of the palimpsest, assessing what has been gained through this attempt to find narratives that do not rely on erasure. I follow Sarah Dillon in finding value in the term ‘palimpsestuous’ as a means of moving the palimpsest metaphor beyond the idea of destruction. Overall, then, Difficult pasts suggests ‘palimpsestuous’ codicological metaphors for describing the place of the medieval within the post-Reformation world. It urges us to consider what remained, rather than what was lost, after the events of the Protestant Reformation in England. And it argues that books – and in particular romance books – continue to provide a special material site at which to explore notions of historiographic presence, distance, continuity and change over time.

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Difficult pasts

Post-Reformation memory and the medieval romance


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