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dc.contributor.authorLuxford, Julian Marcus
dc.identifier.citationLuxford , J M 2015 , ' Intelligent by design : the manuscripts of Walter of Whittlesey, monk of Peterborough ' , Electronic British Library Journal , pp. 1-33 .en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 217267485
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dc.description.abstractThis article examines two important fourteenth-century manuscripts containing historical and other texts from Peterborough Abbey, both made for a monk named Walter of Whittlesey (Add. MS. 37958 and Add. MS. 47170). It reviews the biographical evidence for Whittlesey, the muddied issue of his role in the manuscripts' production, and also the textual and iconographic constitution of these manuscripts. As such, it is essentially a study of the exercise and effects of personal monastic book-patronage. As its objects show, this patronage was heavily inflected by institutional culture, oriented in practical ways towards specific goals, and intelligently implemented. Particular emphasis is placed here on subtleties of design, and how these contributed to the utility of the manuscripts. Although the evidence for Walter's patronage is unusually clear (at least where illuminated manuscripts are concerned), opportunities for similar analysis exist elsewhere, and this study offers a model for how such work might proceed.
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dc.rightsCopyright 2015. This work is made available online with permission from the Journal. Permission granted to publish the final article complete with images, except figure 7 and part of figure 8. Figure 7 and part of figure 8 have been removed from the document. To see the final complete published version, visit
dc.subjectPeterborough Abbeyen
dc.subjectMedieval manuscriptsen
dc.subjectWalter of Whittleseyen
dc.subjectD111 Medieval Historyen
dc.titleIntelligent by design : the manuscripts of Walter of Whittlesey, monk of Peterboroughen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Art Historyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studiesen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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