Bibliography

Michelle P.
Brown
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15 publications between 1989 and 2021 indexed
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Brown, Michelle P., The word and the shaping of Cornwall: before the Reformation, London: Francis Boutle Publishers, 2021. 196 pp + 130 illustrations.  
abstract:

Cornwall is an ancient nation with its own identity, culture and language. This book marks the exhibition, in 2021, of several of the iconic books of Cornwall – including the Bodmin Gospels and the Ordinalia – at Kresen Kernow, the Cornish National Archives. This is the first time some of them have returned to Cornwall since the Reformation. This book celebrates and contextualises them and introduces the public to the surviving landmarks of the written (and spoken) word and related symbols and images, discussing the issues that they raise for Cornwall and its contribution to our global cultural identity.

abstract:

Cornwall is an ancient nation with its own identity, culture and language. This book marks the exhibition, in 2021, of several of the iconic books of Cornwall – including the Bodmin Gospels and the Ordinalia – at Kresen Kernow, the Cornish National Archives. This is the first time some of them have returned to Cornwall since the Reformation. This book celebrates and contextualises them and introduces the public to the surviving landmarks of the written (and spoken) word and related symbols and images, discussing the issues that they raise for Cornwall and its contribution to our global cultural identity.

Brown, Michelle P., The Lindisfarne Gospels: society, spirituality and the scribe, The British Library Studies in Medieval Culture, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.
Brown, Michelle P., The British Library guide to writing and scripts: history and techniques, London: British Library, 1998.
Brown, Michelle P., The Book of Cerne: prayer, patronage, and power in ninth-century England, The British Library Studies in Medieval Culture, London: British Library, 1996.
Brown, T. Julian, A palaeographer’s view: the selected writings of Julian Brown, ed. Janet M. Bately, Michelle P. Brown, and Jane Roberts, London: Harvey Miller, 1993.
Brown, Michelle P., A guide to Western historical scripts from antiquity to 1600, London: British Library, 1990.

Works edited

Palmer, Richard, and Michelle P. Brown (eds), Lambeth Palace Library: treasures from the collection of the Archbishops of Canterbury, London: Scala Publishers Ltd, 2010.
Brown, Michelle P., and Carol Ann Farr (eds), Mercia. an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in Europe, London, New York: Leicester University Press, 2001.

Contributions to journals

Brown, Michelle P., “The Lichfield Angel and the manuscript context: Lichfield as a centre of Insular art”, Journal of the British Archaeological Association 160 (2007): 8–19.  
abstract:
It has long been surmised that Lichfield, which at the end of the 8th and beginning of the 9th centuries even served as England's third archbishopric for a time, may have been a notable centre of religious culture. None the less, the site's traumatic history of despoliation by Viking and puritanical Civil War forces has led to an absence of artworks in situ or of early archives. The recent excavation by Warwick Rodwell of what is thought to be the shrine of St Chad, including the carefully deposited remains of an imposing sculptural slab depicting an angel has gone some considerable way towards rectifying such lacunae. The angel probably formed half of an Annunciation panel which acted as a gable end from a stone house-shaped tomb, for which formal and stylistic parallels are here adduced. These would suggest a date for the piece of late 8th or early 9th century, a time when kings Offa and Coenwulf of Mercia were both patronising Lichfield. Remarkably, the angel retains much of its original polychrome pigmentation and the unusual palette, consisting of shades of purple, white and black—not the most obvious colours to use for stone sculpture—raises interesting connections with two manuscripts that have been associated with early Lichfield: the Lichfield Gospels and the Book of Cerne. This paper goes on to explore the relationship between these works and concludes that the Lichfield Gospels was made during the mid-8th century, probably at Lindisfarne but for another centre which is likely to have been Chad of Lindisfarne's shrine at his foundation of Lichfield. This book features a palette of purples and white, perhaps prompted by Bedan exegesis, and the stone sculptures added to Chad's shrine around 800 may have been coloured similarly to complement the Gospelbook. The Book of Cerne, probably made for Bishop Aethelwald of Lichfield (818–30) also features these colours, inter alia, and its St John evangelist symbol offers the closest analogy for the treatment of the angel's plumage, further reinforcing the likelihood of a Lichfield origin for this important prayerbook.
abstract:
It has long been surmised that Lichfield, which at the end of the 8th and beginning of the 9th centuries even served as England's third archbishopric for a time, may have been a notable centre of religious culture. None the less, the site's traumatic history of despoliation by Viking and puritanical Civil War forces has led to an absence of artworks in situ or of early archives. The recent excavation by Warwick Rodwell of what is thought to be the shrine of St Chad, including the carefully deposited remains of an imposing sculptural slab depicting an angel has gone some considerable way towards rectifying such lacunae. The angel probably formed half of an Annunciation panel which acted as a gable end from a stone house-shaped tomb, for which formal and stylistic parallels are here adduced. These would suggest a date for the piece of late 8th or early 9th century, a time when kings Offa and Coenwulf of Mercia were both patronising Lichfield. Remarkably, the angel retains much of its original polychrome pigmentation and the unusual palette, consisting of shades of purple, white and black—not the most obvious colours to use for stone sculpture—raises interesting connections with two manuscripts that have been associated with early Lichfield: the Lichfield Gospels and the Book of Cerne. This paper goes on to explore the relationship between these works and concludes that the Lichfield Gospels was made during the mid-8th century, probably at Lindisfarne but for another centre which is likely to have been Chad of Lindisfarne's shrine at his foundation of Lichfield. This book features a palette of purples and white, perhaps prompted by Bedan exegesis, and the stone sculptures added to Chad's shrine around 800 may have been coloured similarly to complement the Gospelbook. The Book of Cerne, probably made for Bishop Aethelwald of Lichfield (818–30) also features these colours, inter alia, and its St John evangelist symbol offers the closest analogy for the treatment of the angel's plumage, further reinforcing the likelihood of a Lichfield origin for this important prayerbook.
Brown, Michelle P., “Fifty years of Insular palaeography, 1953-2003: an outline of some landmarks and issues”, Archiv für Diplomatik, Schriftgeschichte, Siegel- und Wappenkunde 50 (2004): 278–325.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

Brown, Michelle P., “Hagiography or history? Early medieval approaches to establishing origin and provenance for Insular copies of scripture”, in: Rachel Moss, Felicity OʼMahony, and Jane Maxwell (eds), An Insular odyssey: manuscript culture in early Christian Ireland and beyond, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. 24–41.
Brown, Michelle P., “The MacDurnan gospels”, in: Richard Palmer, and Michelle P. Brown (eds), Lambeth Palace Library: treasures from the collection of the Archbishops of Canterbury, London: Scala Publishers Ltd, 2010. 28–31.
Brown, Michelle P., “The Lichfield / Llandeilo Gospels reinterpreted”, in: Ruth Kennedy, and Simon Meecham-Jones (eds), Authority and subjugation in writing of medieval Wales, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 57–70.
Brown, Michelle P., “Mercian manuscripts? The ‘Tiberius’ group and its historical context”, in: Michelle P. Brown, and Carol Ann Farr (eds), Mercia. an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in Europe, London, New York: Leicester University Press, 2001. 278–290.
Brown, Michelle P., “The Lindisfarne scriptorium from the late seventh to the early ninth century”, in: Gerald Bonner, David Rollason, and Clare Stancliffe (eds), St Cuthbert, his cult and his community to AD 1200, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1989. 151–163.