Ways of seeing manuscripts: exploring Parker 2.0

Prescott, A. (2020) Ways of seeing manuscripts: exploring Parker 2.0. In: Albritton, B., Henley, G. and Treharne, E. (eds.) Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age. Series: Digital research in the arts and humanities. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 37-54. ISBN 9780367426613 (doi: 10.4324/9781003003441-5)

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Parker 2.0 illustrates how digital imaging has revolutionized access to manuscripts. Parker 2.0 is an emblem of a world in which art is available everywhere at any time. This chapter uses Parker 2.0 to explore how digital images are changing the ways in which one sees medieval manuscripts. The overall shape of Parker’s library, as revealed by Parker 2.0, suggests that Parker had distinctive personal views on the nature of libraries and the way in which knowledge should be organized. The way in which Parker 2.0 enables us to browse Archbishop Parker’s manuscripts opens up unexpected cultural narratives which disrupt the traditional view of Parker as a fount of Old English studies. It is by encouraging us to look beyond the celebrities and to have conversations with more humble and reticent manuscripts that Parker 2.0 makes its most important contribution towards creating new ways of seeing the Middle Ages.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Prescott, Professor Andrew
Authors: Prescott, A.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Published Online:14 July 2020

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