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Title: The book collections of Llanthony Priory from foundation until dissolution (c. 1100-1538)
Author: Bennett, Kirsty
ISNI:       0000 0001 3459 5346
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis explores the library of the Augustinian priory of Llanthony (which had dual sites in Wales and Gloucester) from its inception c. 1100 until its Dissolution in 1538. The unusually high number of extant manuscripts - approximately 180, plus two printed books, ranging in date from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries - surviving from Llanthony forms a rich resource for the study of the collection. Many of these manuscripts (circa 90) are of twelfth-century date. Lianthony's earliest manuscripts are an example of book collecting in medieval Wales, whilst the community became involved in west-country palaeographical, decorative and copying networks within a short time of its foundation. Llanthony's existence across dual sites from 1136, followed by the division and eventual reunification of the community, has interesting implications for its book provision. Other evidence pertaining to the history of the library complements that of the manuscripts. Chiefly, a book-list of c. 1350 is an invaluable tool for the reconstruction of part of the collection in the"later fourteenth century, illuminating the arrangement, storage and use of the books. A large donation of books in the 1300s, the volumes acquired by a canon-scholar of Llanthony Secunda whilst at Oxford in the early 1400s, and `housekeeping' work in the library by another canon in the fifteenth century demonstrate the impact of individual impetus on the collection. In tandem, the manuscripts and the documentary evidence give an unrivalled insight into the book-holding of an English Augustinian community. Following a summary of the priory's history, a series of analytical chapters examines the origins, development and growth of the book collection. The conclusion sets Llanthony's collection as a whole into a broader context in order to assess the extent to which it was typical. Appendices include a handlist giving summary details of the manuscripts on which this study is based.
Supervisor: Gameson, R. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: D History General and Old World