Images to be Read and Words to be Seen

The Iconic Role of the Early Medieval Book


  • Michelle P. Brown University of London



Codex, Bible, bibliographic history, book-arts


How did the codex take on iconic status? This article surveys the history of the early medieval book, especially the transmission of religious texts in the codex format, in order to understand how the material form of the book itself came to take on religious significance.

Author Biography

Michelle P. Brown, University of London

Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies


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How to Cite

Brown, M. P. (2012). Images to be Read and Words to be Seen: The Iconic Role of the Early Medieval Book. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 6(1-3), 39–66.