Commentary volume by Professor Michelle P. Brown - The Holkham

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Titel: The Holkham Bible - Limited edition 1750 numbered copies
Taal: Engels
Uitgever: London: The Folio Society
Bijzonderheden: 2007, Very Good Condition, Bound in Nigerian goatskin leather with cotton sides printed in Solander Box, Limited Edition 1750 Copies
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•Half-bound in blue leather with buckram sides printed with diaperwork pattern.
•Binding is by Smith Settle in Nigerian goatskin leather with cotton sides printed.
•Separate leather title label blocked with a design by David Eccles in gold, red and blue.
•Gilded on all three edges, with a ribbon marker.
•Printed on Swiss-made Furioso paper.
•Presented together with the Commentary volume by Professor Michelle P. Brown in a buckram-bound solander box with a leather title label.
•Over 150 images, 84 manuscript pages. Book size: 11½ x 8½".

This celebrated book tells the Biblical story in Norman French, with the help of copious illustrations of everyday 14th-century England. Originally intended as a visual aid for popular preachers, it is now a fascinating glimpse of real life in the time of Chaucer.
The Holkham Bible tells highlights of the Bible story, from Creation, through the life of Jesus, to the Last Judgment. It is only loosely based on the Bible, and includes plenty of apocryphal episodes, especially about Jesus's early life. It does this with brief text that is part prose, part poetry, and most importantly, with a unique sequence of illustrations that draw many of their details from everyday life.

The book was probably made in London in the mid-14th century, round about the time of Geoffrey Chaucer's birth.

The Dominican friar for whom the illustrations were made, perhaps as a teaching aid for the rich and powerful, is depicted at the opening of the Bible instructing the artist, 'Now do it well and thoroughly, for it will be shown to important people'.

To help the friar as he explained the stories to his audience, the illustrations are accompanied by brief explanatory texts in Anglo-Norman French, the literary language most familiar to contemporary English nobles. The book was definitely written for an English audience, because when the shepherds at Bethlehem hear the angelic 'Te Deum', they break into English.

After the Norman Conquest of 1066, the ruling and upper classes in England (hitherto a land of dialects of Anglo-Saxon, also called Old English) spoke an imported dialect of medieval French, now usually called Anglo-Norman. It rapidly developed into the language of record (the Domesday Book is written in Anglo-Norman), instruction and literature. Anglo-Norman persisted until the 14th century, when it was replaced as the language of authority by Chaucer's Middle English. Factors included the assimilation of Normans into the mainstream, and the rise of English-speaking commoners to fill positions of power left vacant by the Black Death.

English as we know it today still shows the cultural legacy of Anglo-Norman in its enriched vocabulary. This is seen, for example, in the complementary 'Anglo-Saxon' words for an animal (cow, pig, sheep) and the 'French' words for the meat from each one (beef, pork, mutton).

The costumes, tools, weapons and buildings in the pictures are those of 14th-century England. They give an near documentary-style representation of many early occupations such as dyer, smith, carpenter and midwife; the people could almost step right out of the page and perform a medieval miracle play in front of us.

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