Without publication, the communication of any learned topic from ancient and medieval times, from theology and philosophy to medicine, science and history, would be severed and broken.
This project provides a wide-ranging, detailed, and ground-breaking account of how Latin authors in the West published their works during the period roughly from 400 to 1000. We propose that authors’ strategies to obtain readership for their writings were not a constant but were liable to change, and that different cultural, social, and institutional milieux fostered different approaches to publishing. We suggest that the demise of the Roman imperial order, and the rise and disintegration of the Carolingian project profoundly reshaped authorial prospects.
This project is a major contribution to our perception of early medieval Latin literature and the societal dynamics of early medieval literary production.