BL Harley MS 4425, f. 47vWe’re back for some late summer episodes with a look at how medieval authors cozied up to potential patrons, with a specific look at Gerald of Wales. Coincidentally, we also announce our Patreon campaign! You can support us at and get an audiobook of Jordanus’s Wonders of the East.

Today’s Texts:

Selected References:

  • Gilbert, Creighton E. “What Did the Renaissance Patron Buy?” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 51, no. 2, Summer 1998, pp. 392-450. JSTOR,
  • Haskins, Charles H. “Henry II as a Patron of Literature.” Essays in Medieval History Presented to Thomas Frederick Trout, edited by A.G. Little and F.M. Powicke, Books for Libraries Press, 1925.
  • Holzknecht, Karl Julius. Literary Patronage in the Middle Ages. Collegiate Press, 1923.,
  • Safner, Ryan. “Do Patronize Me: The Comparative Political Economy of Arts Patronage, Copyright, and Crowdfunding.” 10 Nov. 2015.

Image: Detail from British Library Harley MS 4425, f. 47v.