The Book of Memory

The Book of Memory

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The Book of Memory is a magisterial and beautifully illustrated account of the workings and function of memory in medieval society. Memory was the psychological faculty valued above all others in the period stretching from late antiquity through the Renaissance. The prominence given to memory has profound implications for the contemporary understanding of all creative activity, and the social role of literature and art. Drawing on a range of fascinating examples from Dante, Chaucer, and Aquinas to the symbolism of illuminated manuscripts, this unusually wide-ranging book offers new insights into the medieval world.A prominent feature of medieval book art is the use of diagrams. ... written aquot; intercolumniaaquot; - between arched columns that are decorated with birds and floral motifs- are one very early example, ... catalogue of English Romanesque illuminated manuscripts, C. M. Kauffmann writes that aquot;the pictorial diagram . . . became one ofanbsp;...

Title:The Book of Memory
Author:Mary J. Carruthers
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1992-05-14


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