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Brown, Michelle (Michelle P.)

Works: 106 works in 490 publications in 4 languages and 11,388 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Exhibition catalogs  Illustrated works  Pictures  Reference works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Internet videos  Sources  Educational films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, 605, Creator, Contributor, Commentator, Publishing director
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Most widely held works about Michelle Brown
Most widely held works by Michelle Brown
Understanding illuminated manuscripts : a guide to technical terms by Michelle Brown( Book )

41 editions published between 1992 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is a breviary? What is an antiphonal? What is an incipit? This illustrated book offers definitions of the techniques, processes, and materials used in medieval illuminated manuscripts. Concise and readable explanations of the technical terms. Included are numerous illustrations drawn from the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and The British Library
Mercia : an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in Europe by Michelle P Brown( )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 1,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The kingdom best remembered for Offa and his famous dyke was not only a dominant power on the island of Britain in the eighth century, but also a significant player in early medieval European politics and culture. Although the volume focuses on the eighth and ninth centuries when Mercian power was at its height, it also looks back to the origins of the kingdom and forward to the period of Viking settlement and West Saxon reconquest. With state-of-the-art contributions from experts in palaeography, art history, archaeology, numismatics and landscape - as well as from historians - this book establishes a new baseline for Mercian scholarship, by covering the rise and fall of the kingdom, its major institutions, relations with other political entities as well as its visual and material culture
You're history! : how people make the difference by Michelle P Brown( )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this book is to make people think and connect wires, to encourage them to question their own place within the world, to acknowledge personal and collective responsibility and to enable them to feel empowered by discussing a range of situations and issues that have been changed by individuals, groups or pressure of public opinion and by the exertion of rights and choices. This collection of contributions by leading public figures and historians applies the lens of history to enhance our perspective on current affairs
A guide to Western historical scripts from antiquity to 1600 by Michelle P Brown( Book )

41 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The transformation of the Roman world AD 400-900 by Leslie Webster( Book )

15 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of what we call the Middle Ages was a period of tremendous change and upheaval in Europe and Byzantium. Focusing on these pivotal five centuries in European history, this wide-ranging study features essays by an international team of distinguished scholars. Their essays survey the most significant aspects of the transition from late Antiquity to the early Middle Ages: the later Roman empire, the barbarian successor states, estates and property, wealth and treasure, production and distribution, death and burial rites, cult and worship, and the transmission of ideas. The essays are accompanied by six shorter chapters based on related exhibitions in museums throughout Europe during 1997, with themes ranging from Roman villas to Scandinavian gold brooches, Byzantine burial practices to medieval Dutch hoards. Handsomely illustrated in both color and black and white, the book also contains a helpful glossary and gazetteer of principal place names
The Lindisfarne Gospels : society, spirituality and the scribe by Michelle Brown( Book )

27 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contents of accompanying CD-ROM: Appendix 2 : the contents of the Lindisfarne Gosepls : key to manuscript sigla in the final column of the text table : table showing the textual arrangement of the Lindisfarne Gospels, with selective collation
In the beginning : bibles before the year 1000( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michelle Brown, former curator at the British Library, gathers together seventy fragile biblical treasures in this sumptuously illustrated volume that captures the development of both Bible and book, as well as a formative period of early Christian history. The book features a number of rare parchments, codices, illuminated manuscripts, and jeweled bindings, including new finds from the Monastery of St. Catherine's at Mount Sinai, Egypt, and the Niketas Bible of the 10th-century CE, one of the greatest examples of Byzantine illumination. Leading authorities in the field explore the early history of the Bible in the accompanying essays, revealing its transformation into the complex symbol of faith that it is today
The British Library guide to writing and scripts : history and techniques by Michelle P Brown( Book )

18 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts: History and Techniques, Michelle P. Brown surveys the many forms in which writing has evolved in East and West, the tools and materials used, and how they have influenced the development of scripts. She examines particularly the processes involved in the production of the medieval book in the West, and assesses the impact of later technological developments in communication on the current state of writing and its future."--Jacket
The historical source book for scribes by Michelle Brown( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is the first to put the needs of the historian and the scribe at the forefront. Large-scale examples of the manuscripts are included for letter analysis, with, in most instances, a full page colour reproduction of a page from the same manuscript alongside. Other selected manuscripts with clear letter-forms show the development of that alphabet style throughout the periods under consideration. A whole page is devoted to exemplar letters of each alphabet style, with clear guidelines on how the letters are formed, including punctuation marks, an ampersand (or et ligature) and numerals. Each section includes a specially created piece of modern calligraphy, showing how the hand can be used today."--BOOK JACKET
Anglo-Saxon manuscripts by Michelle P Brown( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lion companion to Christian art by Michelle P Brown( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ranging from the earliest Christians up to present day, this expansive study provides a complete history of Christian art as it appeared in the West as well as parts of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Australia. The purposes behind history's greatest masterpieces are explored along with the context in which they were created, and the manner in which art has both reflected and stimulated Christian thought and experience throughout the ages is also addressed. Interspersed in the narrative are brief articles from a number of art experts on such topics as Icons; Renaissance Florence; Rubens and the Counter-Reformation; Religious Folk Art; Making the St. John's Bible; and Christianity in Contemporary Art in North America. Sumptuously illustrated with more than 150 images of paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and other works, this is a comprehensive look at how the world's finest artists have sought to convey the stories, beliefs, and mysteries of the Christian faith
Illuminating the book : makers and interpreters : essays in honour of Janet Backhouse by Scot McKendrick( Book )

12 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 359 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 Lindisfarne Gospels and the early medieval world by Michelle Brown( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This accessible and visually inspiring book brings together historical, art historical, archaeological, palaeographical, codicological, spiritual and theological perspectives to explore and celebrate a major world treasure. It is lavishly illustrated with full-page colour illustrations of the major pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels, of other associated treasures and of related places and archaeological sites and is written in a style that is accessible both to the informed general public, students and academic researchers. Placing the Lindisfarne Gospels firmly in its historical context, it incorporates exciting new finds such as the Prittlewell burial and the Staffordshire Hoard. It also includes new perspectives on relations between the British Isles, continental Europe and the Near East during the early Middle Ages in the light of recent research by the author
The Book of Cerne : prayer, patronage, and power in ninth-century England by Michelle P Brown( Book )

15 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this full-length study of the Book of Cerne (Cambridge University Library, MS Ll.1.10), the first since the edition of almost a hundred years ago, Michael P. Brown invites a fresh consideration not only of dating and authorship of the manuscript, but also of its purpose and content. The Book of Cerne is a prayerbook (meditating upon the themes of salvation and the communion of saints) made for a patron whose cultural tastes embraced Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Carolingian, Roman and Byzantine materials. With its complex interplay of text, script and image, it offers a fascinating insight into Insular culture and is the only surviving illuminated manuscript which can be firmly attributed to the powerful Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia."--Jacket
Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon age by Michelle Brown( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new book by a leading expert on the period, Michelle P. Brown, provides an authoritative introduction to the art of book production in the Anglo-Saxon period and an historical overview of the period by means of its book culture. It illustrates in colour over 140 examples of the finest Anglo-Saxon books, from the British Library and other major collections."--Jacket
The world of the Luttrell Psalter by Michelle Brown( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most appealing & arresting of medieval manuscripts, the Luttrell psalter was commissioned in the 1320s by a wealthy Lincolnshire landowner, Sir Geoffrey Luttrell of Irnham. Painted in vibrant colour, embellished with gold & silver, the vitality & inventiveness of its decoration is almost unique
Painted labyrinth : the world of the Lindisfarne Gospels by Michelle Brown( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lindisfarne Gospels is one of the world's greatest works of art in book form. It is an 8th-century Latin Gospelbook, with a 10th-century gloss, which is the earliest surviving translation of the Gospels into the English language. Its maker was one of the greatest artists of the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic worlds, receptive to new influences and prepared to experiment with new techniques. The book is thought to have been made around 715-720 in the island monastery of Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria in north-eastern England. It is without doubt one of the great landmarks of human cultural achievement: the attempt of a gifted individual to express a whole society's identity and belief with an energy and passion that still inspire
A palaeographer's view : the selected writings of Julian Brown by T. Julian Brown( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Holkham Bible picture book : a facsimile( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and French and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This celebrated medieval picture-book tells the Biblical story, focusing upon the Creation to the Flood, the Life of Christ, and the Apocalypse, with the help of illustrations of everyday 14th-century England. It is only loosely based on the Bible and includes plenty of apocryphal episodes, for example Christ 'surfing' on sunbeams as a child, and God telling Noah to hurry up with the Ark so that he is forced to finish the top section in wicker rather than wood. The costumes, tools, weapons and buildings in the pictures give a near documentary-style representation of many occupations in the age of Chaucer, such as dyer, smith, carpenter and midwife. The depiction of drapery, textiles and clothing is exceptionally well realised; the people could almost step right out of the page and perform a medieval miracle play in front of us. The scenes and their accompanying text reflect a strong element of personal choice as the artist dared to tell the story of salvation from his own perspective, and is a unique record both of its times and of the mindset that produced it. Most probably created in London around 1337-1340, it is remarkable in that an artist took it upon himself to tell the biblical story through pictures in book form, with the text being composed to accompany them. This distinctive manuscript has now been carefully photographed and reproduced on special paper designed to replicate the look and feel of the original vellum. The facsimile includes Michelle Browns full transcript and translation of the text, and a commentary based on her unrivalled knowledge of the period."--Jacket
The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels( Visual )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lindisfarne gospels is the greatest of Anglo-Saxon treasures and one of the world's great works of art. It is a volume of the four Gospels, in Latin, created in the early eighth century, with gloriously, riotously decorated illuminations. Drawing on significant new research, The world of the Lindisfarne gospels takes a close look at this extraordinary manuscript and the historical and religious contexts in which it was created. The world of the Lindisfarne gospels is presented and written by one of the world's leading experts on the gospels, Michelle Brown, curator of manuscripts at the British Library. In locations across England and Ireland, she explores who made the manuscript, and why they did so. She presents new research on its dating and considers how it brings together a remarkable range of motifs and styles, from the Celtic Iron Age, Germanic prehistory, ancient and Christian Rome, Coptic Egypt and Byzantium. The world of the Lindisfarne gospels, produced alongside a major exhibition at the British Library, also features a wealth of objects and images from this dazzlingly rich and often mysterious period of history
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Mercia : an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in Europe
Mercia : an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in EuropeYou're history! : how people make the differenceA guide to Western historical scripts from antiquity to 1600The transformation of the Roman world AD 400-900The Lindisfarne Gospels : society, spirituality and the scribeIn the beginning : bibles before the year 1000The British Library guide to writing and scripts : history and techniquesThe historical source book for scribes
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Brown, Michelle

Brown, Michelle 1959-

Brown Michelle P.

Brown, Michelle P., 1959-

Michelle P. Brown British academic

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