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Backhouse, Janet

Overview
Works: 142 works in 523 publications in 2 languages and 9,872 library holdings
Genres: Illustrated works  Exhibition catalogs  History  Catalogs  Art  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Church history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography‡vCatalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Contributor, Other, Creator, Dedicatee, Author of introduction, Redactor
Classifications: ND3359.L5, 745.67
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Most widely held works by Janet Backhouse
The Lindisfarne Gospels by Janet Backhouse( Book )

45 editions published between 1981 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The illuminated manuscript by Janet Backhouse( Book )

39 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first manuscript featured here is the priceless Lindisfarne Gospels. It was written and illuminated at the end of the seventh century, when Europe was still largely heathen and the British Isles were on the outer limit of the known world. The last colour plate shows a map of the New World and dates from about a thousand years later when Europe was going through Reformation and Counter-Reformation. It is easy to forget that paintings in manuscripts far outnumber all other types of painting and decoration during this period. They are vital witnesses to the development of European art, but they were always conceived as book illustrations and always intimately connected with a text. Janet Backhouse also points out that illumination was a craft rather than an art in the twentieth-century sense, and that by the thirteenth century the production of books was a professional business. The popular belief that all manuscripts were made by monks toiling away in draughty cloisters can only be true of the early Middle Ages. The technicalities of manuscript production are clearly explained: the vellum for a single volume of the great Carolingian or Romanesque Bibles may be thought of in terms of a flock of between two and three hundred sheep. But it is the illuminations themselves and their variety both in style and content that are so amazing. All the plates, which are drawn from Bibles, Psalters, Bestiaries, Books of Hours, Lives of Saints, Romances and many other sources, are selected from the magnificent collection of the British Library. -- Inside jacket flap
The Golden age of Anglo-Saxon art, 966-1066 by Janet Backhouse( Book )

27 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The illuminated page : ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British Library by Janet Backhouse( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British Library boasts the world's finest collection of medieval manuscripts, due largely to the interest and enterprise of individual bibliophiles and connoisseurs over several centuries whose libraries have made their way, by a variety of routes, into the national collection. The manuscripts featured in this book range in date from the 7th to the 17th century, embrace both devotional and secular material, and span a geographical area bounded by the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem in the east and the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria in the north-west. Some of them, such as the Luttrell Psalter or the Bedford Hours, are already well-known but the majority remain unfamiliar to the general public. Most of the subjects chosen are reproduced here in colour for the first time
Renaissance painting in manuscripts : treasures from the British Library by Janet Backhouse( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Making of England : Anglo-Saxon art and culture, AD 600-900 by Making of England( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval rural life in the Luttrell Psalter by Janet Backhouse( Book )

14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Luttrell Psalter, written and illuminated in England early in the fourteenth century for Sir Geoffrrey Luttrell of Irnham in Lincolnshire, is one of the most famous manuscripts in the world on account of the numerous scenes of everyday life in the medieval English countryside that mingle with the religious images on its pages." "Written by internationally respected expert Janet Backhouse, Medieval Rural Life in the Luttrell Psalter focuses on the experience of work and domestic life on the Luttrell Manors as depicted in the wealth of attractive marginal illustrations contained in the manuscript. A fascinating account of rural life in the Middle Ages."--Jacket
Books of hours by Janet Backhouse( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and German and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sherborne missal by Janet Backhouse( Book )

12 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illuminating the book : makers and interpreters : essays in honour of Janet Backhouse by Scot McKendrick( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illuminating the Book: Makers and Interpreters is published in honour of Janet Backhouse, Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at The British Library, who retired in 1998 after a 35-year career at the British Museum and Library. Many eminent scholars and colleagues have contributed essays reflecting Janet's own research interests, particularly in the later Middle Ages and Renaissance, and in the interaction between English collectors and continental book producers
The Luttrell psalter by Janet Backhouse( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written and illuminated in the early 14th century for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell of Irnham in Lincolnshire, it is known for its long series of attractive marginal illustrations showing scenes of rural life in medieval England
The Isabella Breviary by Janet Backhouse( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bedford Hours by Janet Backhouse( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outstanding example of late medieval manuscript art, written and illuminated in the early 15th century for John, Duke of Bedford, younger brother of King Henry V, and his wife
Illumination from books of hours by Janet Backhouse( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Books of Hours survive in their thousands in libraries, museums, and private collections across the western world, reflecting both the personal piety and the fashionable taste of the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe. They owe their name to a single essential text, the Hours (or Little Office) of the Virgin Mary, but otherwise their contents may vary quite considerably
Medieval birds in the Sherborne missal by Janet Backhouse( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Sherborne Missal, one of the most important surviving medieval English manuscripts, contains a wealth of marginal illustrations of wild birds, painted with skill and vivacity. Some of the birds are imaginary creations of the artist but the majority are evidently real birds, although not all of these can identified with certainty. All forty-eight are reproduced here and most are well observed and readily recognisable. The majority are accompanied by their names, written out in middle English, offering an almost unparalleled source of vernacular bird names in common use during the generation after Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales." "This is the first time that all birds form the Sherborne Missal have been reproduced together in sequence and this beautifully illustrated book provides an insight into a fascinating aspect of England's natural history in the middle ages."--Jacket
The Becket leaves by Janet Backhouse( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Caxton : an exhibition to commemorate the quincentenary of the introduction of printing into England : British Library Reference Division, 24 September 1976-31 January 1977 by British Library( Book )

7 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lindisfarne Gospels : a masterpiece of book painting by Janet Backhouse( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hastings hours by Janet Backhouse( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Medieval English cathedral : papers in honour of Pamela Tudor-Craig : proceedings of the 1998 Harlaxton Symposium by Harlaxton Symposium( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The illuminated page : ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British Library
Alternative Names
Janet Backhouse Brits bibliothecaresse (1938-2004)

Janet Backhouse English scholar

Languages
English (328)

German (1)

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The illuminated manuscriptThe illuminated page : ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British LibraryMedieval rural life in the Luttrell PsalterBooks of hoursThe Sherborne missalIlluminating the book : makers and interpreters : essays in honour of Janet BackhouseThe Isabella BreviaryThe Bedford Hours