Anne Mette Hansen
“Fragment af en Papistisk Bönnebog”
Medieval Danish prayer books in the Arnamagnæan Collection
Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 16.30
The extant Danish private prayer books all originate from the period between late 1400 and the time of the Reformation in Denmark in 1536. The standard edition includes about 30 manuscript books, 12 of which were acquired by Árni Magnússon, and two collections of fragments. The quote above is written by Árni in his notes on the acquisition of the manuscript at the auction of the library of another book collector, Frederik Rostgaard, in 1726. On this occasion, in fact, Árni bought several prayer books for his collection including some of other European provenance. In the lecture, I will present my work on Danish prayer books, addressing, among others, the following issues: the use of the books, the meaning of the physical appearance, and the transposition from text-bearing artefact to scholarly edition.
Anne Mette Hansen (PhD, University of Copenhagen) is Associate Professor in Old Norse Philology at the Arnamagnæan Institute, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen. Her research covers a number of areas within manuscript studies and textual and literary scholarship, such as codicology and palaeography, history of books, scholarly editing and the history of edition. Her approaches are material and cross-disciplinary. Current research projects include artefactual and textual studies of late medieval and post-reformation private prayer books in Danish and research on script and language of charters from the archive of St Clara convent at Roskilde. She is also working on the digital editions of these documents.
The talk will be delivered in English. All are welcome to attend.