Who knows what people in the 14th century reador thought? MIT professor Arthur Bahr thinks he does.
His new book, Fragments and Assemblages, looks at bound volumes passed down through time, that contain the notes, musings, reading choices and observations from the well-educated populace of the Middle Ages. Peter Dizikes of Physorg.com has a review.
"Medieval manuscripts usually survive as fragments, and at the same time they are also very often assemblages of multiple, disparate works," Bahr says. "The interesting literary-historical question is why specific assemblages got put together the way they did."