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The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts


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The History of a Family Collection - Ralph Hanna and Thorlac Turville-Petre
Sir Thomas Chaworth's Books - Thorlac Turville-Petre and Gavin Cole
The Wollaton Antiphonal: Kinship and Commemoration - Alixe Bovey
Two French Manuscripts: WLC/LM/6 and WLC/LM/7 - Alison Stones
The Wollaton Hall Gower Manuscript (WLC/LM/8) Considered in the Context of Other Manuscripts of the Confessio Amantis - Derek Pearsall
Vice, Virtue and Contemplation: The Willoughbys' Religious Books and Devotional Interests - Rob Lutton
Minding and Mending: Issues in Curating the Medieval Manuscripts - Dorothy Johnston
Catalogue - Ralph Hanna and Thorlac Turville-Petre
Index to Manuscripts


[A] fascinating study of the manuscripts and early printed books acquired and commissioned by the Willoughby family [..]. The authors and editors are to be commended for the richness of their insights into the Willoughbys and their books [...] a superb book, one that well illustrates how much is to be gained from the interdisciplinary study of medieval manuscripts in their wider textual, physical, visual, and cultural contexts. SPECULUM

An important book that for the first time supplies a coherent picture of one of late-medieval England's most significant privately assembled libraries. [...] Beyond providing us with the ability to reconstruct a detailed picture of gentry collecting practices, this useful volume also helps better contextualise private, lay reading habits and tastes. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL

The Wollaton Library Collection deserves the thorough and rather splendid format and scholarship provided by the publication of this book. [...] A fascinating and splendid production. JOURNAL OF THE EARLY BOOK SOCIETY

[A] handsome illustrated collection focusing on the extensive regional gentry library accumulated by the Willoughby family at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire, c.1460-c.1540. YEARS WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES

[An] excellent and fascinating volume [which] offers a valuable insight into something very rare: a whole medieval collection. CILIP RARE BOOKS NEWSLETTER

The editors are to be congratulated on bringing together historical essays, conservation studies, and catalogue entries in a single, richly illustrated volume, finely produced by York Medieval Press. LIBRARY & INFORMATION HISTORY

Makes for enjoyable and instructive reading to anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the world of English medieval manuscripts. MANUSCRIPTS

The knowledge and precision of the compilers ensure that this work will stand the test of searching scrutiny. TLS

Impressive in size and content. [It] will prove a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in the consumption of texts by a gentry family in the later Middle Ages. AMARC NEWSLETTER

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