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The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain

Volume 1. c.400–1100

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Part of The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain

Michelle P. Brown, T. M. Charles-Edwards, Julia Crick, Nancy Edwards, Fiona Gameson, Richard Gameson, David Ganz, Mary Garrison, M. R. Godden, Michael Gullick, Scott Gwara, David Howlett, Rohini Jayatilaka, Simon Keynes, Michael Lapidge, Rosalind Love, Patrick McGurk, Helen McKee, Rosamond McKitterick, Richard Marsden, Nancy Netzer, Thomas O'Loughlin, Andy Orchard, Richard Pfaff, Susan Rankin, Barbara Raw, Rebecca Rushforth, Donald Scragg, R. S. O. Tomlin, Jane Toswell, Teresa Webber, Patrick Wormald
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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521583459

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  • This is the first comprehensive survey of the history of the book in Britain from Roman through Anglo-Saxon to early Norman times. The expert contributions explore the physical form of books, including their codicology, script and decoration, examine the circulation and exchange of manuscripts and texts between England, Ireland, the Celtic realms and the Continent, discuss the production, presentation and use of different classes of texts, ranging from fine service books to functional schoolbooks, and evaluate the libraries that can be associated with particular individuals and institutions. The result is an authoritative account of the first millennium of the history of books, manuscript-making, and literary culture in Britain which, intimately linked to its cultural contexts, sheds vital light on broader patterns of political, ecclesiastical and cultural history extending from the period of the Vindolanda writing tablets through the age of Bede and Alcuin to the time of the Domesday Book.

    • The first comprehensive treatment of the book in Britain from Roman to early Norman times
    • Contributions by world experts in the field providing authoritative information and interpretation
    • Plate section illustrates the physical features of early medieval books
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    '… the essays achieve an admirable balance between the big picture and the telling details … this collection of texts is useful and stimulating for a wide readership, and a valuable introduction to the seven-volume Cambridge series …' The Times Literary Supplement

    'The range of topics discussed and the scholarship involved make this the best one-volume guide we have to a field which has been expanding at a rapid rate throughout the last century.' Contemporary Review

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521583459
    • length: 898 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 48 mm
    • weight: 1.36kg
    • contains: 56 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. From Vindolanda to Domesday: the book in Britain from the Romans to the Normans Richard Gameson
    Part I. The Making of Books:
    2. The material fabric of early British books Richard Gameson
    3. Anglo-Saxon scribes and scriptoria Richard Gameson
    4. Writing in the insular world Michelle P. Brown
    5. Script in Wales, Scotland and Cornwall Helen McKee
    6. English vernacular script Julia Crick
    7. Latin script in England c.900–1100: a. Square minuscule David Ganz
    b. English Caroline minuscule Rebecca Rushforth
    c. The Norman Conquest and handwriting in England to 1100 Teresa Webber
    8. The design and decoration of Insular gospel-books and other liturgical manuscripts, c.600–900 Nancy Netzer
    9. The decoration of the earliest Welsh manuscripts Nancy Edwards
    10. Book decoration in England, c.871–c.1100 Richard Gameson
    11. Book-bindings Michael Gullick
    Part II. The Circulation of Books:
    12. Exchanges between England and the Continent in the early Middle Ages Rosamond McKitterick
    13. The circulation of books between England and the Celtic realms Helen McKee
    14. The circulation of books between England and the Continent, c.871–c.1100 Richard Gameson
    Part III. Types of Books and their Uses:
    15. The book in Roman Britain R. S. O. Tomlin
    16. The use of the book in Wales, c.400–1100 T. M. Charles-Edwards
    17. The Biblical manuscripts of Anglo-Saxon England Richard Marsden
    18. Anglo-Saxon Gospel books, c.900–1066 Patrick McGurk
    19. Liturgical books Richard Pfaff
    20. Anglo-Saxon prayerbooks Barbara Raw
    21. Psalters Jane Toswell
    22. Music books Susan Rankin
    23. Anglo-Saxon schoolbooks Scott Gwara
    24. Lawbooks Patrick Wormald
    25. Manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Simon Keynes
    26. Old English homiliaries and poetic manuscripts Donald Scragg
    Part IV. Collections of Books:
    27. Patrick, apostle of Ireland David Howlett
    28. The library of Iona at the time of Adomnan Thomas O'Loughlin
    29. Literacy in Anglo-Saxon England M. R. Godden
    30. Aldhelm's library Andy Orchard
    31. The library of the Venerable Bede Rosalind Love
    32. The library of Alcuin's York Mary Garrison
    33. The library of Cynewulf Fiona Gameson
    34. King Alfred and his circle Rohini Jayatilaka
    35. Ælfric's library M. R. Godden
    36. The library of Byrhtferth Michael Lapidge
    37. Wulfstan of York Andy Orchard
    38. Rhygyfarch ap Sulien David Howlett
    Coda Richard Gameson
    Bibliography
    Index of manuscripts cited
    General index.

  • Editor

    Richard Gameson, University of Durham
    Richard Gameson is Professor of the History of the Book at Durham University.

    Contributors

    Michelle P. Brown, T. M. Charles-Edwards, Julia Crick, Nancy Edwards, Fiona Gameson, Richard Gameson, David Ganz, Mary Garrison, M. R. Godden, Michael Gullick, Scott Gwara, David Howlett, Rohini Jayatilaka, Simon Keynes, Michael Lapidge, Rosalind Love, Patrick McGurk, Helen McKee, Rosamond McKitterick, Richard Marsden, Nancy Netzer, Thomas O'Loughlin, Andy Orchard, Richard Pfaff, Susan Rankin, Barbara Raw, Rebecca Rushforth, Donald Scragg, R. S. O. Tomlin, Jane Toswell, Teresa Webber, Patrick Wormald

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