text both from the place where that illustration appears and from
textual and cultural knowledge further afield. For discussion of
this term, and the related concept of ‘iconotext’, see Peter Wagner,
Reading Iconotexts: From Swift to the French Revolution (London:
Reaktion, 1995), pp. 11–13.
3 Blanch and Wasserman, From Pearl to Gawain, pp. 65–110. This
chapter is an extremely rich study of the iconographical and gestural
position of the work of the treatment of hands both in the Gawainpoet’s works and in wider manuscript illustration.
4 For instance, he dries