Gower Bibliography

English Books In and Out of Court from Edward III to Henry IV.

Doyle, A.I. "English Books In and Out of Court from Edward III to Henry IV." In English Court Culture in the Later Middle Ages. Ed. Scattergood, V.J and Sherborne, J.W. London: Duckworth, 1983, pp. 163-182. ISBN 0715616374


Doyle is concerned to determine "what grounds there are for thinking that particular English books were made for, owned or used by people 'at court' in one or another of the senses of that phrase . . . ." In due course, he examines the Ellesmere manuscript of the Confessio Amantis (Huntington Library 26.A.17) and the Trinity College, Cambridge, R.III.2 manuscript, as well as glancing briefly at a group of mansucripts of the early fifteenth century produced commercially by the same scribe and illuminted by the Scheerre School. Arguing that the available information is too scanty for all but the most tentative of conclusions, Doyle nevertheless suggests that there was nothing like a 'court style' in book production, or in literary taste. [PN. Copyright the John Gower Society. JGN 3.1]

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Backgrounds and General Studies
Manuscripts and Textual Studies

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