The Anglo-Saxon Library

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The cardinal role of Anglo-Saxon libraries in the transmission of classical and patristic literature of the later middle ages has long been recognized, for these libraries sustained the researches of those English scholars whose writings determined the curriculum of medieval schools: Aldhelm, Bede, and Alcuin, to name only the best known. Yet this is the first full-length account of the nature and holdings of Anglo-Saxon libraries from the sixth century to the eleventh. ...
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Overview

The cardinal role of Anglo-Saxon libraries in the transmission of classical and patristic literature of the later middle ages has long been recognized, for these libraries sustained the researches of those English scholars whose writings determined the curriculum of medieval schools: Aldhelm, Bede, and Alcuin, to name only the best known. Yet this is the first full-length account of the nature and holdings of Anglo-Saxon libraries from the sixth century to the eleventh.
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"Michael Lapidge has performed a signal service to scholarship for documenting so carefully the movement of books and scholars between England and the Continent throughout the Anglo-Saxon period, and for opening up the possibility of so many more lines of enquiry in the field. In this splendid volume, so evidently the product of decades of work and synthesized scholarship, Michael Lapidge has show how throughout the period Anglo-Sanxon authors were able to extend their intellectual range and insterests. For its sheer range and impeccable erudition, The Anglo-Saxon Library will likely long remain one of the books most needful to know for all serious scholars and students of Anglo-Saxon England."--Notes and Queries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199239696
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lapidge was Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Cambridge (1991-8) and Notre Dame Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame (1999-2004); he is now Fellow Emeritus of Clare College, Cambridge. He has published widely on the literature of the Anglo-Saxons (both Old English and Latin). His most recent book was The Cult of St Swithun (OUP, 2003). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and Corresponding Fellow of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften and of the Accademia dei Lincei (Rome).

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Table of Contents

1 Vanished libraries of classical antiquity 5
2 Vanished libraries of Anglo-Saxon England 31
3 Reconstructing Anglo-Saxon libraries (I) : the evidence of inventories 53
4 Reconstructing Anglo-Saxon libraries (II) : the evidence of manuscripts 63
5 Reconstructing Anglo-Saxon libraries (III) : the evidence of citations 91
App. A Six inventories of Latin books from Anglo-Saxon libraries 133
App. B Eighth-century inventories of Latin books from the area of the Anglo-Saxon mission in Germany 148
App. C Surviving eighth-century manuscripts from the area of the Anglo-Saxon mission in Germany 155
App. D Ninth-century manuscripts of continental origin having pre-conquest English provenance 167
App. E Latin books cited by the principal Anglo-Saxon authors 174
Catalogue of classical and patristic authors and works composed before A.D. 700 and known in Anglo-Saxon England 275
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