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From Author to Audience: John Capgrave and Medieval Publication

John Capgrave and Medieval Publication

The author explores what is known about the medieval publishing process by close study of the work of John Capgrave (1393-1464), a prolific author and one of the most learned Englishmen of his day. In the Middle Ages, before the age of printing, the author was often his own scribe and almost invariably his own editor and publisher. Lucas shows how works newly composed by an author were prepared. Capgrave’s linguistic and scribal usages are set in the socio-historical context of the 15th century.

352 pages

History: British and Irish History

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Table of Contents

Capgrave’s life and works Capgrave as scribe Capgrave as "publisher" Capgrave as copyist of his own work a copyist at work William Gybbe of Wisbech, scribe and copyist of Capgrave readability of the text the author’s writing habits and methods continuity and change in Capgrave’s orthographic usage growth and development of English literary patronage in the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance.

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