Postcards on Parchment

Postcards on Parchment

The Social Lives of Medieval Books

Hardback370pp Illustrated288x218mm

9780300209891     Product Code: 506587


The miniature paintings on parchment that were often slipped into medieval prayer books are identified by Kathryn Rudy as ‘postcards’: colourful, usually devotional pictures sent or given by one person to another, often with a greeting inscribed on the reverse. Illustrated with almost 300 examples of postcards and manuscript pages, this volume explores the production of such paintings, the social contexts in which they were exchanged as gifts and the new functions they assumed as images independent of a text.

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