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English medieval books [electronic resource] : the Reading Abbey collections from foundation to dispersal /
Alan Coates.
imprint
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
description
xxi, 211 p., 9 p of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0198207565 (hardbound)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
isbn
0198207565 (hardbound)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Oxford, 1991.
catalogue key
8566591
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-190) and indeses.
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Review Quotes
A comprehensive scholarly account
'an engaging model for future research. The study integrates palaeographical and historical concerns in a dynamic and provocative manner.'Ralph Hanna, Medium Aevum, Reviews.
'a wide range of evidence with illustrations and observations drawn from the Reading books.'Michael Gullick, Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 51.2, April 2000.
'Coates ... concise account offers insights into Christianity in England over a span of four centuries, as well as illuminating the intellectual history of that period.'JW, Books and Culture, July/Aug 2000.
'Coates has made a very useful contribution to the history of English medieval libraries.'Richard Gameson, Library History, Vol.16, May 2000
'Coates provides a useful service in gathering the evidence together.'Teresa Webber, TLS
'I think this a very useful study which should stimulate further discussions of medieval collections as they were used by their original owners.'Paddy Woodworth, Irish Times, Aug.00.
Meticulously detailed account
'Nine plates of manuscripts complement Coates text, fragmentary and yet tangible presences that make it easier for the reader to enter imaginatively into an alien world.'JW, Books and Culture, July/Aug 2000.
'Numerous appendices provide full texts of the book lists'Teresa Webber, TLS
'The chapter on the dispersal of the collection should be required reading for those interested in the descent of manuscripts.'Paddy Woodworth, Irish Times, Aug.00.
'This is an extremely interesting pilot project, largely because of its effort to move from actual volumes to some imagined sense of the community whch they sustained.'Paddy Woodworth, Irish Times, Aug.00.
'Numerous appendices provide full texts of the book lists'Teresa Webber, TLS'Coates provides a useful service in gathering the evidence together.'Teresa Webber, TLS'a wide range of evidence with illustrations and observations drawn from the Reading books.'Michael Gullick, Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 51.2, April 2000.'Coates ... concise account offers insights into Christianity in England over a span of four centuries, as well as illuminating the intellectual history of that period.'JW, Books and Culture, July/Aug 2000.'Nine plates of manuscripts complement Coates text, fragmentary and yet tangible presences that make it easier for the reader to enter imaginatively into an alien world.'JW, Books and Culture, July/Aug 2000.'an engaging model for future research. The study integrates palaeographical and historical concerns in a dynamic and provocative manner.'Ralph Hanna, Medium Aevum, Reviews.'This is an extremely interesting pilot project, largely because of its effort to move from actual volumes to some imagined sense of the community whch they sustained.'Paddy Woodworth, Irish Times, Aug.00.'The chapter on the dispersal of the collection should be required reading for those interested in the descent of manuscripts.'Paddy Woodworth, Irish Times, Aug.00.'I think this a very useful study which should stimulate further discussions of medieval collections as they were used by their original owners.'Paddy Woodworth, Irish Times, Aug.00.'Coates has made a very useful contribution to the history of English medieval libraries.'Richard Gameson, Library History, Vol.16, May 2000
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Summaries
Long Description
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 medieval monastery. 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 books and book-collecting in the post-Dissolution period.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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 ways in which books were used, and about the intellectual life of medieval monastery. Alan Coates makes an important contribution to our understanding of the fate of monastic books and book-collecting in the post-Dissolution period.
Table of Contents
Brief History of Reading and its Abbey
The Fingall Cartulary Book List
Book Lists in the Fingall Cartulary
A Comparison between the Twelfth-Century Collections and those of other Houses
The Palaeography of the Twelfth-Century Manuscripts
The Book Collections from c. 1200 to the Dissolution
List of Books Copied
The Letter of Alured the Sacrist
Lists in Oxford, St Johns College, MS 11 Study at University
The Study of Greek
The Acquisition, Housing, and Management of the Book Collections
The Dispersal of the Books at the Dissolution Plan of Reading Abbey
Principal Contents of Surviving Manuscripts and Printed Books
Bibliography
Notes to the Plates
Index
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