Scribes and the City
London Guildhall Clerks and the Dissemination of Middle English Literature, 1375–1425
Illustrated with 53 reproductions of manuscript pages, this book describes the work of four professional literary text-writers in late medieval England, the clerks Richard Osbarn, John Marchaunt, Adam Pinkhurst and John Carpenter, and others associated with the Guildhall. Slightly off-mint.
Health and the City
Disease, Environment and Government in Norwich, 1200–1575
In 1559, the physician William Cunningham published The Cosmographical Glasse, focusing on Norwich as an exceptionally ‘healthfull and pleasant city’. Isla Fay’s book explores the philosophy that linked a city’s location and landscape with its health, and the practical realities of Norwich’s ‘vibrant, native culture of urban hygiene’.
Vintage Fashion: Knitwear
Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics
Introduced by Kaffe Fassett, this illustrated history of knitwear surveys garments, styles, designers and manufacturers decade-by-decade, from cashmere under-vests in the early 1900s to wartime hand-knitting in the 1940s, and from 1950s twinsets by Pringle to evening dresses on 21st-century catwalks. The book covers all forms of knitted textile, whether hand-knits or machine-produced jersey, and describes the development of the technology of knitting as well as its social and cultural contexts.
The Jazz Composer
Moving Music off the Paper
Internationally renowned jazz composer Graham Collier (1937–2011) offers a radical analysis of the composer’s place in a genre associated with improvisation and traditional ‘standards’. Looking back over the development of jazz composition, he considers the work of such important figures as Gil Evans and ‘acknowedged genius’ Duke Ellington. He then examines the new directions taken by contemporary jazz, illustrating his points with examples from his own music and anecdotes from his life. References to websites may no longer be valid.