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Lucie Doležalová (Charles University): The Graphomaniac Crux de Telcz (1434–1504) and Peculiarities of Late Medieval Manuscript Culture

Cut of Crux's manuscripts (Třeboň, State regional archives, A 17, fol. 417r)
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 5:40 pm – 7:20 pm

The late Middle Ages witnessed an unprecedented boom of information and manuscript production alongside emerging print. Written culture becomes widespread, scribes are often themselves the owners and primary recipients of their copies. As a result, manuscript culture is more individualized than ever before. This talk will focus on a particular figure of a uniquely active scribe, Crux de Telcz. There are over 50 known codices into which he interfered in a substantial manner, writing over 4,300 folia and adding his notes to at least twice as many. He seems to have been interested in basically everything, he often copied several versions of the same text and made significant changes to his models. Special attention will be devoted to short forms in his manuscripts: riddles, proverbs, sermon sketches and marginal notes. Crux’s case will be used to analyze the implications of the character of late medieval manuscript culture.

Lucie Doležalová is Associate Professor of Medieval Latin Studies at Charles University in Prague (Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Humanities). She has received her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at CEU in 2005. She deals primarily with late medieval Latin manuscript culture. Among other, she is interested in medieval memory and mnemonics, popular Bible, medieval libraries, lists and obscure texts. She has recently finished a collaborative project on the Lipnice Bible and is currently working on a new, Opuscula project. Together with her team, she has dedicated the past four years to investigating the medieval library of the Augustinian canonry of Třeboň, which, with over 300 preserved manuscript volumes, is the largest preserved monastic library corpus from the Czech lands.

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Meeting ID: 967 2058 4787

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