Manuscripts teem with life.
They are not only the stuff of history and literature, but they offer
some of the only tangible evidence we have of entire lives, long
Hidden Hands tells the stories of the
artisans, artists, scribes and readers, patrons and collectors who made
and kept the beautiful, fragile objects that have survived the ravages
of fire, water and deliberate destruction to form a picture of both
English culture and the wider European culture of which it is part.
manuscripts, she shows, many historical figures would be lost to us, as
well as those of lower social status, women and people of colour, their
stories erased, and the remnants of their labours destroyed.
the Cuthbert Bible, to works including those by the Beowulf poet,
Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, Sir Thomas Malory, Chaucer, the Paston
Letters and Shakespeare, Mary Wellesley describes the production and
preservation of these priceless objects. With an insistent emphasis on the early role of women as authors and artists and illustrated with over fifty colour plates, Hidden Hands is an important contribution to our understanding of literature and history.
All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.