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date: 25 February 2021

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This article examines the modes of vernacular literary production during the Middle Ages in Britain, focusing on the production and circulation of books and manuscripts. It suggests that the evidence of oral transmission is linked to the creation of manuscripts because at some stage or stages in their textual history works were actually written down and thus become linked to the manuscript culture that forms the central focus of this article. It argues that the history of the development of the industry for manuscript production in England can be sketched as it relates to specifically literary works. It also discusses later medieval manuscript culture, the commercialization of book production, and the variation in manuscript production.

Keywords: literary production, Middle Ages, Britain, books, manuscripts, textual history, manuscript culture

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