'I'll do it my way': Experiments with manuscript layout from the twelfth-century Paris classroom | University of Oxford

'I'll do it my way': Experiments with manuscript layout from the twelfth-century Paris classroom

Speaker
Prof Lesley Smith, Harris Manchester
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:30
Venue
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 4JD
Venue details

Fitzjames I

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

The 12th-century theologians working in the innovative schools of Paris and northern France taught by means of commentary on the Bible. Traditionally, teaching was primarily oral; but the later part of the century increasingly saw texts commented to parchment for wider circulation. This gave rise to a number of issues, such as how to differentiate the authoritative biblical text from the commentary, and how to differentiate commentators from one another. Fuelled at least in part by the increasing market for such school texts, a commercial and secular (as opposed to monastic) book trade began to flourish. We will look at the creative solutions the scholars came up with for presenting their material, and see how far they could be supported on the open market.