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The Anglo-Saxon Library$
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Michael Lapidge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.001.0001

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Reconstructing Anglo-Saxon Libraries (III): The Evidence of Citations

Reconstructing Anglo-Saxon Libraries (III): The Evidence of Citations

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(p.91) 5 Reconstructing Anglo-Saxon Libraries (III): The Evidence of Citations
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The Anglo-Saxon Library
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Michael Lapidge

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.003.0006

This chapter discusses the reconstruction of vanished Anglo-Saxon libraries, focusing on works known to, or quoted by, pre-Conquest Anglo-Latin authors. It makes distinctions between quotations and verbal reminiscences because the evidence of each needs to be evaluated differently. A quotation provides the safest sort of evidence when an Anglo-Saxon author names his source and then quotes that source verbatim and in extenso. A reminiscence consists of a collocation of several words taken, often involuntarily, from an antecedent source.

Keywords:   Anglo-Saxon libraries, ancient libraries, Anglo-Latin authors, quotations, verbal reminiscences

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