Libraries and Books in Medieval England: The Role of Libraries in a Changing Book Economy

Libraries and Books in Medieval England

The Role of Libraries in a Changing Book Economy
 
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ISBN13:9781851246014
ISBN10:18512460111
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:192 pages
Size:234x156 mm
Weight:610 g
Language:English
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Medieval England was full of books, many times the number that have survived. The great moment of loss was when the country?s religious houses were suppressed by King Henry VIII and their libraries scattered and destroyed. Twentieth-century scholarship has been enterprising in establishing what survives and in discovering what libraries once held. To understand that evidence, and to be able to reconstruct the transmission of culture in the Middle Ages, we need to employ with care the evidence of the surviving books and what medieval library catalogues can tell us about these lost collections. Libraries and Books in Medieval England paints a new picture of the circulation of books, from the totality of the available evidence. It seeks to move away from the modern conceptualization of the monastic library as the only venue for medieval book provision, and to broaden awareness of the wider book economy, including private ownership and the birth of the book trade. The result, by one of the country?s leading experts and based on his Lyell Lectures in the University of Oxford, is an unparalleled work offering a new view of the field.

Medieval England was full of books, many times the number that have survived. The great moment of loss was when the country?s religious houses were suppressed by King Henry VIII and their libraries scattered and destroyed. Twentieth-century scholarship has been enterprising in establishing what survives and in discovering what libraries once held. To understand that evidence, and to be able to reconstruct the transmission of culture in the Middle Ages, we need to employ with care the evidence of the surviving books and what medieval library catalogues can tell us about these lost collections. Libraries and Books in Medieval England paints a new picture of the circulation of books, from the totality of the available evidence. It seeks to move away from the modern conceptualization of the monastic library as the only venue for medieval book provision, and to broaden awareness of the wider book economy, including private ownership and the birth of the book trade. The result, by one of the country?s leading experts and based on his Lyell Lectures in the University of Oxford, is an unparalleled work offering a new view of the field.

Medieval England was full of books, many times the number that have survived. The great moment of loss was when the country?s religious houses were suppressed by King Henry VIII and their libraries scattered and destroyed. Twentieth-century scholarship has been enterprising in establishing what survives and in discovering what libraries once held. To understand that evidence, and to be able to reconstruct the transmission of culture in the Middle Ages, we need to employ with care the evidence of the surviving books and what medieval library catalogues can tell us about these lost collections. Libraries and Books in Medieval England paints a new picture of the circulation of books, from the totality of the available evidence. It seeks to move away from the modern conceptualization of the monastic library as the only venue for medieval book provision, and to broaden awareness of the wider book economy, including private ownership and the birth of the book trade. The result, by one of the country?s leading experts and based on his Lyell Lectures in the University of Oxford, is an unparalleled work offering a new view of the field.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Richard Ovenden vii
Preface by James Willoughby x
List of Illustrations xviii
Abbreviations xix
1 Medieval Libraries of Great Britain 1
2 English Medieval Library Catalogues 25
3 Library Books and Personal Books 59
4 Turnover in Libraries 78
5 Growth, Competition, Stability, Loss, Renewal 96
6 Decay and Closure of Libraries 115
Notes 133
Select Bibliography 155
Index of Manuscripts 166
General Index 167