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Kentish Book Culture

Writers, Archives, Libraries and Sociability 1400-1660

Edited By Claire Bartram

This volume explores the writing practices and book collections of a range of individuals in early modern Kent including monks, a mariner and an apothecary as well as members of the gentry and clergy and urban administrators. In a county with ready access to metropolitan, courtly and continental influences, a vibrant provincial book culture flourished, in which literacy was prized and book ownership widespread. Reinforcing the important social role played by the literate and revealing something of their creative potential, the essays gathered here also uncover an appetite for debate, reflected in the books owned, lent, written and published by the Kentish in the period covered. Underpinning all of this is an enduring culture of sociability, centred around the book as an object to be shared.

Interdisciplinary in approach, this collection brings together specialists in the history of the book, literary scholars, social historians and librarians to explore the nature of authorship and the dynamics of the market for print and manuscript books outside London. It demonstrates the rich potential of regional archival study to extend our understanding of medieval and early modern literature.

BIC Classifications

  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
  • Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Regional studies (GTB)
      • General studies (GTG)
  • Humanities (H)
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      • Regional & national history (HBJ)
        • European history (HBJD)
          • British & Irish history (HBJD1)
      • History: specific events & topics (HBT)
        • Social & cultural history (HBTB)

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  • Biography & Autobiography (BIO)
    • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General (BIO000000)
  • Foreign Language Study (FOR)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language (FOR007000)
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  • Literary Criticism (LIT)
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    • LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors (LIT004290)
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    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General (SOC008000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • History of scholarship (principally social sciences & humanities) (GTB)
      • Regional studies (GTM)
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        • European history: medieval period, middle ages (NHDJ)
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