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King, John, ed. Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Authorial and editorial influence on luxury bookbinding styles in sixteenth-century England, by Robert J. D. Harding (116-137)

Tudor luxury bookbindings that "make a statement about either their contents or their owner beyond the simple author, title or ownership inscription more usually found -- where the binding becomes a physical object in its own right, being used as an extension as well as protection to the text. Indeed, in some cases the binding itself seems to supersede the text as the prime vehicle for the message. In a reversal of the normal role, the text becomes a mere appendage to the binding, with its images and exhortations tooled on the covers intended to capture the immediate attention of the recipient or any observer, no matter how casual. This requires both an intellectual concept of the codex and a creative input beyond the competence of the average, often semi-literate, bookbinder." (125)

argues that "this phenomenon" "disappears after the death of Edward VI" and "was particularly related to the English religious exiles in Germany and Switzerland" (125) -- but neglects later embroidered bindings??

Readers' marks and religious practice: Margarety Hoby's marginalia, by Andrew Cambers (211-231)

Hoby read multiple ways; 1) "private and individual reading"; 2) "oral and familial reading"; 3) "reading in the face of extraordinary difficulties"; 4) "interaction of her reading with her writing" (216)

"oral and communal cycles of reading which took place in the household hall as part of familial religious practice" (217) -- "central component of religious practice in the household" (217)

  • read Book of Martyrs aloud in September 1599, reading in cycles

took notes on sermons and in her Bible while reading (218-219)