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Chapter 6 - Epilogue

The Age of Paper

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 September 2020

Orietta Da Rold
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University of Cambridge
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The Epilogue explains how I ask the reader in this book to take a number of leaps in the evaluation of paper evidence in late medieval English culture. I propose we give up ‘paper and revolution’ and accept, perhaps, ‘paper and accommodation’. It is often the case that media histories are defined by the battle between media, but the metaphor of ‘battle’ can be altered by thinking more carefully about affordance. The convenience of paper goes beyond monetary worth and the modern scholarly preoccupation with what constituted cheap and expensive materials in earlier centuries. The Epilogue invites a more careful consideration of the effect that paper has on English written culture rather than just on the readership, and entreats modern readers to give up perceptions about the status of material in order to think more carefully about the significant contribution that paper made across social and cultural practices.

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Paper in Medieval England
From Pulp to Fictions
, pp. 210 - 215
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Epilogue
  • Orietta Da Rold, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Paper in Medieval England
  • Online publication: 17 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108886536.008
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  • Epilogue
  • Orietta Da Rold, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Paper in Medieval England
  • Online publication: 17 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108886536.008
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  • Epilogue
  • Orietta Da Rold, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Paper in Medieval England
  • Online publication: 17 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108886536.008
Available formats
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