Manuscripts and Libraries in the Age of Charlemagne

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Bernhard Bischoff (1906-1991) was one of the most renowned scholars of medieval palaeography of the twentieth century. In this book seven of his classic essays on aspects of eighth and ninth century culture appear for the first time in English. They include an investigation of the role of books in the transmission of culture from the sixth to the ninth century, and studies of the court libraries of Charlemagne and Louis the Pious, as well as of writing centers and libraries associated with major monastic and ...

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Overview

Bernhard Bischoff (1906-1991) was one of the most renowned scholars of medieval palaeography of the twentieth century. In this book seven of his classic essays on aspects of eighth and ninth century culture appear for the first time in English. They include an investigation of the role of books in the transmission of culture from the sixth to the ninth century, and studies of the court libraries of Charlemagne and Louis the Pious, as well as of writing centers and libraries associated with major monastic and cathedral schools. This rich collection provides a full, coherent study of Carolingian culture from a number of different yet interdependent aspects, providing new insights for scholars and students alike.

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"Both selection and translation are excellent....A volume as important as it is beautiful, Manuscripts and Libraries in the Age of Charlemagne is essential to scholars and students of the early Middle Ages in history, the fine arts, sociology, and culture who may not have access to the original German publications." Uta-Renate Blumenthal, History of Education Quarterly
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Foreword; Preface; List of abbreviations; Map: writing centres and writing provinces in the age of Charlemagne; 1. Manuscripts in the early Middle Ages; 2. Manuscripts in the age of Charlemagne; 3. The court library of Charlemagne; 4. The court library under Louis the Pious; 5. Libraries and schools in the Carolingian revival of learning; 6. Palaeography and the transmission of classical texts in the early Middle Ages; 7. Benedictine monasteries and the survival of classical literature; Bernhard Bischoff, bibliography, 1981-1993; Index of manuscripts; Index of authorities cited; General index.

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