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From Parchment to Cyberspace

Medieval Literature in the Digital Age


Stephen G. Nichols

From Parchment to Cyberspace argues the case for studying high-resolution digital images of original manuscripts to analyze medieval literature. By presenting a rigorous philosophical argument for the authenticity of such images (a point disputed by digital skeptics) the book illustrates how digitization offers scholars innovative methods for comparing manuscripts of vernacular literature – such as The Romance of the Rose or texts by Christine de Pizan – that reveal aspects of medieval culture crucial to understanding the period.

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abstraction process, in computational thinking 195

Acarie, Girard 28, 31–32

acrostic, in acronym FAUVEL 141

Actaeon 126–129, 216–217

Advocate for Peace (Defensor Pacis), Marsilius of Padua 163–164

aesthetic appreciation

demonstrating social and religious utility of art 102

differential imitation in manuscript copies 90–94

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