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12 - Matthew Parker’s manuscripts: an Elizabethan library and its use

from Part Two - Reformation, dissolution, new learning
Matthew Parker was the foremost collector of medieval manuscripts in the Elizabethan period. The library that he assembled acquired national importance in his own time, and it has retained that importance to this day. During the years of Parker's archiepiscopate, more than 500 manuscripts passed into his hands. These manuscripts included such outstanding treasures as the twelfth-century Bury and Dover Bibles, landmarks of English Romanesque illumination. The overall fruit of Parker's efforts was the formation of a collection of medieval English manuscripts that was unrivalled in his time for its scope and the quality of its contents. Almost every manuscript that passed into Parker's hands has undergone some transformation as a result of his ownership. Parker's treatment of his manuscripts provides a remarkable insight into the extent to which early modern collectors were prepared to restore and reshape their books.
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