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Nota Bene

Making Digital Marks on Medieval Manuscripts


Edited By Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel

We stand at the cusp of an exciting moment in digital medieval studies. The advent of ubiquitously available digitized manuscripts alongside platforms that host encoded medieval texts has democratized access to the cultural heritage of the Middle Ages, and gives us the potential for greater understanding of that era. Seen through the lens of late medieval French literature, in particular the Roman de la Rose and the works of Guillaume de Machaut, this book exhorts us to be optimistic about what we can achieve. Challenging the pessimism inherent in views that see our historical situatedness as a barrier to truly understanding the medieval era, Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel argues that digital networks of manuscript images, texts, and annotations, can not only aid us in comprehending medieval literary culture, but are, in fact, complementary to medieval modes of thought and manner in which manuscripts transmitted ideas. Using her teaching of Guillaume de Machaut and her work with the Roman de la Rose Digital Library, Mahoney-Steel envisages a future in which the digital humanities can enable us to build transhistorical relationships with our medieval objects of study.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Mahoney-Steel, Tamsyn, author. Title: Nota bene: making digital marks on medieval manuscripts / Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Series: Medieval interventions; vol. 3 ISSN 2376-2683 (print) | ISSN 2376-2691 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017038875 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3138-7 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1633-9 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4763-0 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-4762-3 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Literature, Medieval—Criticism, Textual. | Literature, Medieval— Study and teaching. | Manuscripts, Medieval—Digitization. | Manuscripts, Medieval— Editing. | Digital humanities. | Text processing (Computer science) | Document markup languages. | Civilization, Medieval—Research—Technological innovations. Classification: LCC PN671 .M34 | DDC 809/.020785—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/978-1-4539-1633-9 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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