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Title
Incunabula in communities of canonesses regular and tertiaries related to the Devotio Moderna : toward an ‘inclusive’ approach of late medieval book ownership in the Low Countries
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Abstract
This contribution discusses the hitherto overlooked ownership of the earliest printed books (incunabula) by Netherlandish female religious communities of tertiaries and canonesses regular connected to the religious reform movement of the Devotio moderna. Studies of book ownership and book collections in these communities have tended to focus on manuscripts. From the last decades of the fifteenth century onwards, however, these religious women increasingly came in contact with printed books, even though the involvement of the Devotio moderna with the printing press was limited. The discussion focuses on the channels via which tertiaries and canonesses acquired books produced by commercially operating printers, the ways in which incunabula affected what these (semi-)religious women read, as well as the ratio between printed books in Latin and the vernacular, and their function(s) within these communities. Thus the essay intends to sketch a preliminary image of the role of incunabula in female convents, and advocates a more inclusive approach of female religious book ownership.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Quaerendo : a quarterly journal from the Low Countries devoted to manuscripts and printed books. - Amsterdam, 1971, currens
Publication
Amsterdam : 2021
ISSN
0014-9527 [print]
1570-0690 [online]
Volume/pages
51 (2021) , p. 219-248
ISI
000696634200002
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Last edited 28.12.2021
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