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The Anglo-Saxon Library

Michael Lapidge


The cardinal role of Anglo-Saxon libraries in the transmission of classical and patristic literature to the later middle ages has long been recognized, for these libraries sustained the researches of those English scholars whose writings determined the curriculum of medieval schools: Aldhelm, Bede, and Alcuin, to name only the best known. This book provides an account of the nature and holdings of Anglo-Saxon libraries from the 6th century to the 11th. The early chapters discuss libraries in antiquity, notably at Alexandria and republican and imperial Rome, and also the Christian libraries of ... More

Keywords: classical literature, patristic literature, later middle ages, medieval schools, Aldhelm, Bede, Alcuin, imperial Rome, Anglo-Saxon authors, Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199239696
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lapidge, author
Fellow Emeritus, Clare College, Cambridge