Dr Laura Cleaver

Contact details

Name:
Dr Laura Cleaver
Qualifications:
PhD (2008), The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Position:
Senior Lecturer in Manuscript Studies
Institute:
Institute of English Studies
Location:
Room 250 Senate House University of London
Email address:
laura.cleaver@sas.ac.uk

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
History of art, History of the book, Manuscript studies, Medieval History
Regions:
England, Europe, North America, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:
I am interested in the art and architecture of the High Middle Ages and its reception in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. My research concentrates on medieval manuscripts, encompassing their production, circulation, and reception. In 2019-2024 I will be leading an ERC funded project (CULTIVATE MSS) to assess the significance of the trade in medieval manuscripts for the development of ideas about the nature and value of European culture in the early twentieth century.
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jun-2019 The Septenarium Pictum or Rota Dominice Orationis Diagram: Combating vice through prayer in the High Middle Ages

Chapters

with Andrea Worm, in Ordinare il mondo: diagrammi e simboli nelle pergamene di Vercelli, ed. T. Leonardi & M. Rainini

27-Jun-2018 Illuminated History Books in the Anglo-Norman World, 1066-1272

Monographs

01-Jun-2018 Writing History in the Anglo-Norman World: Manuscripts, Makers and Readers, c. 1066-1250

Edited Book

01-Jan-2018 The Western Manuscript Collection of Alfred Chester Beatty (c. 1915-1930)

Articles

L. Cleaver, ‘The Western Manuscript Collection of Alfred Chester Beatty (c. 1915-1930)’, Manuscript Studies 2 (2017) pp. 445-82.

01-Jan-2017 The Monastic Library at Le Bec

Chapters

L. Cleaver, ‘The Monastic Library at Le Bec’, A Companion to the Abbey of Le Bec in the Middle Ages, ed. B. Pohl and L. Gathagan (Leiden, 2017) pp. 171-205.

01-Feb-2016 Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture: Images of Learning in Europe c. 1100-1220

Monographs

01-Jan-2016 History Books at Reading in the Twelfth Century

Journal articles

L. Cleaver, ‘History Books at Reading in the Twelfth Century’, Reading Medieval Studies 42 (2016) pp. 25-44

01-Mar-2015 Latin Psalter Manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library

Monographs

01-Jan-2014 “Almost every miracle is open to carping”: Doubts, Relics, Reliquaries and Images of Saints in the Long 12th Century

Articles

L. Cleaver, ‘“Almost every miracle is open to carping”: Doubts, Relics, Reliquaries and Images of Saints in the Long 12th Century’, Journal of the British Archaeological Association 167 (2014) pp. 51-69.

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Details
CULTIVATE MSS

The CULTIVATE MSS project (2019-2024), funded by the European Research Council, aims to analyse the significance of the trade in medieval manuscripts for the development of ideas about the nature and value of European culture between 1900 and 1945. It will assess the roles of collectors, scholars and dealers in the formation of collections of medieval manuscripts, and the impact of this on scholarship, comparing the English-speaking world, France and Germany. Through analysis of published and unpublished accounts of manuscripts, together with price data, it will reconstruct the values projected onto books. It will then contextualise these values within the history of the early twentieth century, assessing the impact of two world wars and other political and economic shifts on the trade in books and attitudes to manuscripts as objects of national significance.

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

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