EBS Book Series: Texts and Transitions

Through Brepols, EBS publishes monographs dealing with late medieval manuscripts and early printed books to about 1550, particularly those that explore the transition from manuscript to print and questions to do with readers and literacy, owners and patronage, the dissemination of texts, and the reception of medieval texts. The series draws on the ideals and aims of the Early Book Society.

A “text” may be either a word or an image, where a picture serves also as a text that can be read and interpreted.  The focus is mainly on manuscripts and books produced in England or for the English market, and closely related French and Continental works. The series includes monographs of about 250 to 300 pages, collections of previously published essays by one author (updated and revised), or in some cases essay collections with a clearly unified theme or one main subject.  Authors are encouraged to include illustrations. Pictures are reproduced in black and white, though color illustrations may be included in special cases. Authors are responsible for purchasing photographs and securing the permissions to reproduce them. Find a complete list of the books that have come out in the series so far below:

Jane H. M. Taylor, The Making of Poetry: Late-Medieval French Poetic Anthologies, Texts & Transitions 1 (2007).

Alexandra Barratt, Anne Bulkeley and her Book: Fashioning Female Piety in Early Tudor England, Texts & Transitions 2 (2009).

Mary-Jo Arn, The Poet’s Notebook: The Personal Manuscript of Charles d’Orléans (Paris BnF MS fr. 25458), Texts & Transitions 3 (2008).

Rebecca L. Schoff, Reformations: Three Medieval Authors in Manuscripts and Movable Type, Texts & Transitions 4 (2007).

Probable Truth: Editing Medieval Texts from Britain in the Twenty-First Century, Texts & Transitions 5, edited by Vincent Gillespie and Anne Hudson (2013).

The Making of the Vernon Manuscript: The Production and Contexts of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Eng. poet. a. 1, Texts & Transitions 6, edited by Wendy Scase (2011).

Kathleen Tonry, Agency and Intention in English Print, 1476 – 1526, Texts & Transitions 7 (2016).

Deborah L. Moore, Medieval Anglo-Irish Troubles: A Cultural Study of BL MS Harley 913, Texts & Transitions 8 (2017).

Alpo Honkapohja, Alchemy, Medicine and Commercial Book Production, Texts & Transitions 9 (2017).

Manuscripts and their Texts: Essays in Honour of Ralph Hanna, Texts & Transitions 10, edited by  Simon Horobin and Aditi Nafde (2017).

Susan Powell, The Birgittines of Syon Abbey: Preaching and Print, Texts & Transitions 11 (2017).

Middle English Texts: Editing and Interpretation: Essays in Honour of William Marx, Texts & Transitions 12, edited by Margaret Connolly and Raluca Radulescu (2018).

Anneliese Pollock, Female Authorship, Patronage, and Translation in Late Medieval France from Christine de Pizan to Louise Labé, Texts & Transitions 13 (2018).

There are several other book projects in the pipeline, and we are open to new proposals.