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By Michael Lapidge

The cardinal position of Anglo-Saxon libraries within the transmission of classical and patristic literature to the later heart a long time has lengthy been famous, for those libraries sustained the researches of these English students whose writings decided the curriculum of medieval colleges: Aldhelm, Bede, and Alcuin, to call basically the easiest recognized. but this is often the 1st full-length account of the character and holdings of Anglo-Saxon libraries from the 6th century to the 11th.

The early chapters talk about libraries in antiquity, particularly at Alexandria and republican and imperial Rome, and in addition the Christian libraries of past due antiquity which provided books to Anglo-Saxon England. simply because Anglo-Saxon libraries themselves have nearly thoroughly vanished, 3 sessions of facts have to be mixed to be able to shape a close influence in their holdings: surviving inventories, surviving manuscripts, and citations of classical and patristic works via Anglo-Saxon authors themselves.

After taking off the issues entailed in utilizing such facts, the e-book offers appendices containing variants of all surviving Anglo-Saxon inventories, lists of all Anglo-Saxon manuscripts exported to continental libraries through the 8th century after which all manuscripts re-imported into England within the 10th, in addition to a list of all citations of classical and patristic literature via Anglo-Saxon authors.

A complete index, prepared alphabetically through writer, combines those numerous periods of proof in order that the reader can see at a look what books have been identified the place and by way of whom in Anglo-Saxon England. The booklet hence offers, inside a unmarried quantity, an unlimited quantity of data at the books and studying of the colleges which decided the process medieval literary culture.

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