Instruction and Information from Manuscript to Print: Some English Literature, 1400–1650


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This paper considers aspects of the variety of literature concerned with information and instruction that was in circulation in later medieval and early modern England. It looks at the dynamic nature of that literature and at what it can reveal about cultural and social practices as well as ways of reading and engaging with texts and textual genres. It also examines the interface between texts in manuscript and in print, and considers some of the implications that technological innovation had for the spread of information.