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Anne Kirkham

Rylands Latin MS 164 is one of over forty manuscript books of hours in the John Rylands Library. It was made in France in the middle of the fifteenth century and its extensive, high quality illumination associates its production with the worshop of the so-called Bedford Master. However, it has not been the subject of any sustained published research and consequently the significance of variations in the mise-en-page of the books pages has not been scrutinised. This article focuses on the variations in two replacement pages, one within the calendar and one beginning the Penitential Psalms, and in the case of the page beginning the Penitential Psalms considers whether the replacement could have been made by Sir Gregory Osborne Page-Turner, the owner of Rylands Latin MS 164 in the early nineteenth century.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
An Unpublished Manuscript Illuminated by the Master of the Haarlem Bible
Natalija Ganina and James H. Marrow

This paper analyses an unpublished Dutch-language Book of Hours in the John Rylands Library, focusing on unusual core texts the manuscript contains and distinctive features of its cycle of illumination. The miniatures and the richly painted decoration of the manuscript can be attributed to the Master of the Haarlem Bible and dated c.1450–75. The inserted full-page miniatures include iconographically noteworthy examples, and the placement of some in the volume is anomalous, suggesting that they may not have been planned when the volume was written. Our analyses of distinctive texts and images of the manuscript lead us to offer suggestions about the religious status or affiliations of its patron and to propose possible monastic settings in which it might have been used. We discuss the disparate character of its textual and illustrative components in relation to current reappraisals of the organisation of manuscript production in the Northern Netherlands.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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A cultural practice
Author: Vincent Quinn

Drawing on materials from the medieval period to the twenty-first century, Reading: a cultural practice explores how concepts of reading change according to historical and social context. Combining a history of reading with insights drawn from critical theory, the book argues that reading is always implicated in ideology, and that reading is especially linked to religious and educational structures. Examining a variety of texts and genres, including books of hours, Victorian fiction, the art and literature of the Bloomsbury Group, and contemporary social media sites, the opening chapters give an overview of the history of reading from the classical period onwards. The discussion then focuses on the following key concepts: close reading, the common reader, reading and postmodernism, reading and technology. The book uses these areas to set in motion a larger discussion about the relationship between professional and non-professional forms of reading. Standing up for the reader’s right to read in any way that they like, the book argues that academia’s obsession with textual interpretation bears little relationship to the way that most non-academic readers engage with written language. As well as analysing pivotal moments in the history of reading, the book puts pre-twentieth-century concepts of reading into dialogue with insights derived from post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction. This means that as well as providing a history of reading, the book analyses such major preoccupations in reading theory as reading’s relation to visual culture, how reading is taught in schools, and feminist and queer reading practices.

A reassessment
Josephine A. Koster

called a primer), where they might have been written down for her by one of the many learned clerks or spiritual directors she consulted, or even by someone she paid to record them. Kempe is described in the Book as using her prayer book in church (p. 83), which is not surprising; as Laurel Amtower wryly notes in her discussion of middle-class book ownership, such ‘[b]ooks … were chic’. 9 Several fifteenth-century English women are recorded as leaving Books of Hours or similar manuscripts in their testaments

in Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe
Vincent Quinn

Freud and Dostoevsky. This work in question is a miniature from a late fifteenth-century book of hours that depicts a woman reader very unlike Marjorie Strachey. Mary of Burgundy’s book of hours Books of hours are devotional texts that set out prayers for different parts of the day. By meditating over each entry at its allotted hour, readers aimed to become closer to God as each new day revisited the spiritual exercises of the previous one; they were a secular equivalent to the Divine Office which Roman Catholic priests were (and are) required to

in Reading
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Writing American sexual histories
Author: Barry Reay

The archive has assumed a new significance in the history of sex, and this book visits a series of such archives, including the Kinsey Institute’s erotic art; gay masturbatory journals in the New York Public Library; the private archive of an amateur pornographer; and one man’s lifetime photographic dossier on Baltimore hustlers. The subject topics covered are wide-ranging: the art history of homoeroticism; casual sex before hooking-up; transgender; New York queer sex; masturbation; pornography; sex in the city. The duality indicated by the book’s title reflects its themes. It is an experiment in writing an American sexual history that refuses the confines of identity sexuality studies, spanning the spectrum of queer, trans, and the allegedly ‘normal’. What unites this project is a fascination with sex at the margins, refusing the classificatory frameworks of heterosexuality and homosexuality, and demonstrating gender and sexual indecision and flexibility. And the book is also an exploration of the role of the archive in such histories. The sex discussed is located both in the margins of the archives, what has been termed the counterarchive, but also, importantly, in the pockets of recorded desire located in the most traditional and respectable repositories. The sexual histories in this book are those where pornography and sexual research are indistinguishable; where personal obsession becomes tomorrow’s archive. The market is potentially extensive: those interested in American studies, sexuality studies, contemporary history, the history of sex, psychology, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, queer studies, trans studies, pornography studies, visual studies, museum studies, and media studies.

Space, memory, and material devotion
Susannah Crowder

and murals of the Virgin also promote a devotional experience centred on touch and the body. Attention is drawn to physical contact between the Virgin and Child, for example, and the Virgin and Anne: the tiny hands of the infant Jesus clutch at 124 Performing women Mary as she supports him with her hands; Anne holds Mary’s small form close to her own. The painted background decoration of the sculpted scene corresponds to patterns found in many Metz books of hours; this visual reference positions the sculpture in relation to the painted images of such devotional

in Performing women
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Thomas Tolley

Wynford, probably the son of a manorial family in Somerset. 21 Siferwas’s artistic inclinations were perhaps first encouraged within this circle. One of Siferwas’s artistic activities may have been the illumination of books of hours, or ‘primers’ as they were called in England. Unlike the Psalter, the standard devotional book customarily receiving illumination in the fourteenth century, primers

in Gentry culture in late-medieval England
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Christine Carpenter

Ogard had his own chapel choir, while Sir William Haute of Kent (d. 1492) was involved with a London guild which trained choristers and was himself a composer of carols and religious polyphony. By the fourteenth century, so many prayer books, known as ‘Books of Hours’ (sometimes called primers), were required for private lay use that they began to be mass-produced. 20 There was a burgeoning market for

in Gentry culture in late-medieval England
Elisabeth Salter

sector of the population.2 It was used for private individual devotions and also in the communal setting of the church service. The format of these books varies considerably although in essence they serve to guide the reader through the hourly, daily and yearly devotional calendar.3 Service books survive as some of the most beautiful expensive books as well as some of the most scruffy and cheaply produced. Some of the most luxurious manuscript books of hours, for example, were made for very wealthy patrons and sometimes personalised with extravagant illuminations.4

in Popular reading in English c. 1400–1600