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Kissing Images, Unfurling Rolls, Measuring Wounds, Sewing Badges and Carrying Talismans: Considering Some Harley Manuscripts through the Physical Rituals they Reveal

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Kissing Images, Unfurling Rolls, Measuring Wounds, Sewing Badges and Carrying Talismans : Considering Some Harley Manuscripts through the Physical Rituals they Reveal. / Rudy, Kathryn Margaret.

In: Electronic British Library Journal, 2011, p. 1-56.

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Rudy, KM 2011, 'Kissing Images, Unfurling Rolls, Measuring Wounds, Sewing Badges and Carrying Talismans: Considering Some Harley Manuscripts through the Physical Rituals they Reveal', Electronic British Library Journal, pp. 1-56.

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Rudy, K. M. (2011). Kissing Images, Unfurling Rolls, Measuring Wounds, Sewing Badges and Carrying Talismans: Considering Some Harley Manuscripts through the Physical Rituals they Reveal. Electronic British Library Journal, 1-56. [5].

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Rudy KM. Kissing Images, Unfurling Rolls, Measuring Wounds, Sewing Badges and Carrying Talismans: Considering Some Harley Manuscripts through the Physical Rituals they Reveal. Electronic British Library Journal. 2011;1-56. 5.

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Rudy, Kathryn Margaret. / Kissing Images, Unfurling Rolls, Measuring Wounds, Sewing Badges and Carrying Talismans : Considering Some Harley Manuscripts through the Physical Rituals they Reveal. In: Electronic British Library Journal. 2011 ; pp. 1-56.

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abstract = "This article considers how early users of prayer books handled and interacted with their manuscripts. Deploying evidence from signs of wear within the manuscripts themselves, the author argues that medieval believers used manuscripts ritually in such a way that they blurred the distinction between images and their referents. Votaries treated their manuscripts as interactive agents that they would kiss, rub, and handle with physical affection. Some of their actions imitated those of priests, who ritually handled objects such as the pax and ritually kissed manuscripts, especially the missal. The article interrogates two Harley manuscripts, one an English roll, and the other a Southern Netherlandish book of hours made for the English market, as an entry point into this discussion. ",
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