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The Illuminators of the Hooked-g Scribe(s) and Production of Middle English Literature, c.1460-c. 1490

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JournalThe Chaucer Review
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 Mar 2016
DatePublished (current) - 7 Apr 2016
Issue number2
Volume51
Number of pages36
Pages (from-to)151-186
Early online date30/03/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article integrates an art historical perspective into previous paleographical and linguistic approaches to manuscripts copied by the "hooked-g scribes." By identifying the work of the illuminators in manuscripts outside of the hooked-g context, it is possible to reconstruct a tentative chronology for the fifteen undated manuscripts of the hooked-g scribes (a group inclusive of multiple copies of works by Chaucer, Lydgate, and Gower). Furthermore, a study of the illuminators reveals regular collaboration between one hooked-g scribe and two border artists, indicating that sustained cooperation between book craftsmen was considered a viable method of book production during the second half of the fifteenth century.

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