VIDI project "Turning Over a New Leaf: Manuscript Innovation in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance" [2010-2015]
This project ran from 1 May 2010 until 1 May 2015 and is now closed. The research undertaken was concerned with the relationship between written culture and society, specifically how innovations in the technology of the medieval manuscript (the handwritten book, or codex, used before the invention of print) relate to cultural change.
This project studied the manuscript culture in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance” (c. 1075 - c. 1225). During this period manuscript production turned over a new leaf, as did readers, who were introduced to new reading aids, page layouts and scripts. This project studied the emergence of this new book is caused by shifts in the manner of reading and the texts that were read, as well as a changing intellectual profile of scholars. The project aimed to trace the roots of this new manuscript (the institutional homes of a new breed of European scholars), maps its development, and explains its elevation to new book standard. With its innovative blend of physicality and historical inquiry the project is anticipated to have significant implications for all medieval disciplines that use primary sources. For the project’s output, see the résumé of the PI, Dr. Erik Kwakkel (here).