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    DescriptionThe Courtly and Commercial Art of the Wycliffite Bible examines the illuminations of the first complete translation of the Bible into English and situates this art within networks of artists catering to bourgeois and noble clientele in both London and the provinces from the late fourteenth century into the early sixteenth century. In 1409, Archbishop Thomas Arundel banned the Wycliffite Bible, along with the heresy attributed to Oxford theologian John Wyclif for which it was named. Containing the first complete translation of the Bible into English, the Wycliffite Bible is nonetheless the most numerous extant work in Middle English by a wide margin. Nearly half the existing copies of the Wycliffite Bible are illuminated. This book offers the first sustained, critical examination of the decoration of Wycliffite Bibles. This study has found that many copies were decorated by the most prominent border and initial artists of their eras. Many more were modeled on these styles. Such highly regarded artists had little to gain from producing volumes that might lead them to trial as heretics and ultimately to the stake. This unprecedented study contributes to recent revisionist criticism and troubles long-standing assumptions about Wycliffism and the Wycliffite Bible. It contends that the manuscript record simply does not support a stark interpretation of the Wycliffite Bible as a marginalized text. Rather, this study reveals a prolific and vibrant textual exchange within the book culture of late medieval England.


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    Title
    The Courtly and Commercial Art of the Wycliffite Bible
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kathleen E Kennedy
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 234
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 1,138 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9782503547527
    ISBN 10: 2503547524
    Classifications

    Abridged Dewey: 709
    LC classification: N
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    BIC subject category V2: AKD
    BISAC V2.8: ART015070
    DC23: 745.674219
    Thema V1.0: AGA, NHDJ
    Illustrations note
    illustrations (black and white, and colour)
    Publisher
    Brepols N.V.
    Imprint name
    Brepols N.V.
    Publication date
    31 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Turnhout