English Caroline Script and Monastic History: Studies in Benedictinism, AD 950-1030

English Caroline Script and Monastic History: Studies in Benedictinism, AD 950-1030

by David N. Dumville
ISBN-10:
0851153232
ISBN-13:
9780851153230
Pub. Date:
05/06/1993
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited

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English Caroline Script and Monastic History: Studies in Benedictinism, AD 950-1030

Caroline minuscule script was adopted in England in the mid-tenth century in imitation of Continental usage. A badge of ecclesiastical reform, it was practised in Benedictine scriptoria but was also taken up by members of the royal writing office; the chancery occupied an important place in the pioneering of calligraphic fashions. During its approximately two-century history in England, Caroline script developed a number of forms, in part reflecting different tendencies within the Reform-cause. The Rule of St Benedict was focal for this movement. In the aftermath of the final Scandinavian conquest of England (AD1016) a Canterbury master-scribe created the form of Caroline writing which was to become a mark of Englishness and outlive the Norman Conquest. In the closing chapter its inventor's career is discussed and his achievement assessed. This volume offers analysis of manuscript evidence as a basis for the cultural and ecclesiastical history of late Anglo-Saxon England. David N. Dumville is professor of History and Palaeography at the University of Aberdeen

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ISBN-13: 9780851153230
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 05/06/1993
Series: Studies in Anglo-Saxon History , #6
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 0.56(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

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