English Medieval Books: The Reading Abbey Collections from Foundation to Dispersal

Hardcover | February 1, 1999

byAlan Coates

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This history of the books of Reading Abbey covers the period from the abbey's foundation to its dissolution, and follows up the dispersal of the book collections to c.1610. It provides valuable material on the use ways in which books were used, and about the intellectual life of a medievalmonastery. By continuing the story beyond the Dissolution, and charting the initial stages of the dispersal of the Abbeys books (many into the large institutional collections which are their homes today), Alan Coates makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the fate of monastic booksand book-collecting in the post-Dissolution period.

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This history of the books of Reading Abbey covers the period from the abbey's foundation to its dissolution, and follows up the dispersal of the book collections to c.1610. It provides valuable material on the use ways in which books were used, and about the intellectual life of a medievalmonastery. By continuing the story beyond the D...

Alan Coates is an Assistant Librarian, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts at Bodleian Library, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198207565

ISBN - 13:9780198207566

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Table of Contents

Brief History of Reading and its AbbeyThe Fingall Cartulary Book ListAppendix A: Book Lists in the Fingall CartularyA Comparison between the Twelfth-Century Collections and those of other HousesThe Palaeography of the Twelfth-Century ManuscriptsThe Book Collections from c. 1200 to the DissolutionAppendix B: List of Books Copied by Brother W. de. WicumbeAppendix C: The Letter of Alured the SacristAppendix D: Lists in Oxford, St Johns College, MS 11Study at UniversityAppendix E: The Study of GreekThe Acqusition, Housing, and Management of the Book CollectionsThe Dispersal of the Books at the DissolutionPlan of Reading AbbeyAppendix F: Principal Contents of Surviving Manuscripts and Printed BooksBibliography, Notes to the Plates, Index

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`Coates has made a very useful contribution to the history of English medieval libraries.'Richard Gameson, Library History, Vol.16, May 2000