Aspects of knowledge

Preserving and reinventing traditions of learning in the Middle Ages

Edited by Marilina Cesario and Hugh Magennis

Aspects of knowledge

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9784-3
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: April 2018
  • BIC Category: Literature, Medieval Literature, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture


This edited collection explores how knowledge was preserved and reinvented in the Middle Ages. Rather than focusing on a historical period or specific cultural and historical events, it eschews traditional categories of periodisation and discipline, establishing connections and cross-sections between different departments of knowledge. The essays cover the period from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries, examining the history of science (computus, prognostication), the history of art, literature, theology (homilies, prayers, hagiography, contemplative texts), music, historiography and geography.

Aspects of knowledge is aimed at an academic readership, including advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as specialists in medieval literature, history of science, history of knowledge, geography, theology, music, philosophy, intellectual history, history of language and material culture.


Introduction - Marilina Cesario and Hugh Magennis
Part I: Anthologies of knowledge
1 Dream divination in manuscripts and early printed books: patterns of transmission - László Sándor Chardonnens
2 Knowledge of the weather in the Middle Ages: Libellus de disposicione totius anni future - Marilina Cesario
3 The Cambridge Songs as anthology of musical knowledge - Ann Buckley
Part II: Transmission of Christian traditions
4 Cristes leorningcnihtas: traditions of the apostles in Old English literature - Hugh Magennis
5 Seeing Jerusalem: schematic views of the Holy City, 1100-1300 - Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Asa Simon Mittman
6 The emergence of devotion to the name of Jesus in the West - Denis Renevey
7 'Ther are bokes ynowe': texts and the ambiguities of knowledge in Piers Plowman - Kath Stevenson
Part III: Past and present
8 Meet the pagans: on the misuse of Beowulf in Andreas - Richard North
9 Reading and writing St Margaret of Scotland from Turgot's Vita to the Blackadder Prayerbook - Emily Wingfield
Part IV: Knowledge and materiality
10 The Jellinge Stone: from prehistoric monument to petrified 'book' - Michelle P. Brown
11 Mis en page: the dimension and layout of books containing Old English - Donald G. Scragg


Marilina Cesario is Senior Lecturer in the Earliest English Writings and Historical Linguistics at Queen's University, Belfast

Hugh Magennis is Professor Emeritus in Old English at Queen's University, Belfast

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