The essays in this collection demonstrate that much can be learned from studying features such as word-division, printer’s type, and spelling conventions. These features – termed «accidentals» by W. W. Greg – typically receive little attention when editors discuss how a text became actualized in a particular medieval manuscript or early modern print. To study these features, it is essential to consider a text in the context of the manuscript or print housing it, rather than a modern edition. The texts discussed range in genre from religious (
Ælfric’s Letter to Sigeweard, and the
Wycliffe Bibles) and literary (Chaucer’s
Canterbury Tales) to scientific (
florilegia), while their material bearers range in date from the late Old English period into the Early Modern English one.