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Framing lines in the Desert of Religion

Florence Bourgne


The quatrains associated to the Desert of Religion (DIMEV 1099) in its manuscript circulation (three witnesses) are often copied on three sides of frames surrounding images. Several traditions are suggested for this specific layout: a byzantine or Italian iconographical origin, illuminations of romances in French in 14th-century manuscripts representing tombs or graves. The best candidates are in fact pilgrim badges with surround inscriptions, and the quatrains can be defined not just as imagetexts, following Brantley's study of MS Additional 37049, but as objectexts in their own rights.
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Florence Bourgne. Framing lines in the Desert of Religion. Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society - University College Dublin, Early Book Society, Jul 2019, Dublin, Ireland. ⟨hal-04006428⟩
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