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Libraries and Books in Medieval England


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard Ovenden vii
Preface by James Willoughby x
List of Illustrations xviii
Abbreviations xix
1 Medieval Libraries of Great Britain 1
2 English Medieval Library Catalogues 25
3 Library Books and Personal Books 59
4 Turnover in Libraries 78
5 Growth, Competition, Stability, Loss, Renewal 96
6 Decay and Closure of Libraries 115
Notes 133
Select Bibliography 155
Index of Manuscripts 166
General Index 167

About the Author

RICHARD SHARPE (1954–2020) was Professor of Diplomatic in the University of Oxford and Fellow of Wadham College. As well as being one of the country’s leading experts on medieval books and libraries, he was also a foremost critic and editor of medieval Latin texts and charters.

JAMES WILLOUGHBY is Research Fellow in Medieval History at New College, Oxford, and a long-term collaborator of Professor Sharpe's.

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