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Glassmaking in medieval technical literature in the Iberian Peninsula

Lookup NU author(s): David Govantes-Edwards, Javier Lopez Rider, Dr Chloe Duckworth



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis , 2020.

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This paper examines glassmaking in medieval Iberia from the point of view of technical literature, especially recipe books and alchemical treatises, in an attempt to assess to what extent this literary genre (if it is to be defined as such) may have affected, or have been affected by, technological developments in glassmaking between the eighth and sixteenth centuries. Iberian technical literature on the making of glass is put in connection with broader European and Mediterranean trends in the transmission of technical knowledge, the nature of scribal culture and the impact caused by the dissemination of the printing press. Ultimately, the paper aims to review the relationship that exists between the authors of technical literature and contemporary workshop practice, not only taking the written word as evidence, but also using the understanding provided by other fields of research, such as the study of the chemical characterization of medieval glass.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Govantes-Edwards DJ, López Rider J, Duckworth CN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies

Year: 2020

Volume: 12

Issue: 2

Pages: 267-291

Online publication date: 07/06/2020

Acceptance date: 19/05/2020

Date deposited: 28/07/2020

ISSN (print): 1754-6559

ISSN (electronic): 1754-6567

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/17546559.2020.1772990


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