Status, authority and tool: what's the importance of those 3 phrases for the learn of late-medieval manuscripts and texts? This number of essays, via major students from Britain and North the United States, solutions this query in numerous methods: by way of discussing manuscripts as prestigious de luxe items; via exhibiting how the structure of texts used to be used to confer other kinds of authority; and by way of finding manuscripts and texts extra dynamically in what Foucault calls `power's net-like organisation'. the entire essays within the quantity embed the manuscripts they talk about specifically units of private relationships, carried out in particular social environments - within the schoolroom or the monastery, at courtroom, within the gentry family and town, or mediating among those. The essays tackle, between others, problems with gender, patronage, prestige, self-authorization, and gentry and concrete sociability, in reports starting from the 12th to the 16th centuries. participants: SUZANNE REYNOLDS, KANTIK GHOSH, KATE HARRIS, KATHLEEN L. SCOTT, JOHN THOMPSON, CAROL M. MEALE, ANNE M. DUTTON, JAMES P. CARLEY, DAVID R. CARLSON

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