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Anglo-Saxon Books and Their Readers
Essays in Celebration of Helmut Gneuss's Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts

Edited by Thomas N Hall and Donald Scragg

Anglo-Saxon Books and Their Readers
Hardback, 198 pages £23.50
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9781580441377
Format: 234mm x 156mm
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Series: Richard Rawlinson Center Series

The collection opens with Gneuss's Rawlinson Center lecture, delivered just a few months prior to the Handlist's publication. The lecture is followed by essays by Donald Scragg and Thomas N. Hall that examine the scribes, contents, circumstances of production, and intended uses of selected manuscripts from the late Anglo-Saxon period. Four essays follow, by Kees Dekker, Rebecca Brackmann, Aaron J Kleist, and Rolf H. Bremmer Jr. investigating the fates of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts at the hands of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century antiquaries. The resulting collection addresses the concerns of Anglo-Saxon manuscript studies today, which have been given new energy by the publication of the Handlist.

Introduction by Thomas N. Hall and Donald Scragg


A Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: Origins, Facts, and Problems by Helmut Gneuss

Cotton Tiberius A. iii Scribe 3 and Canterbury Libraries by Donald Scragg

The Development of the Common of Saints in the Early English Version of Paul the Deacon's Homiliary by Thomas N. Hall

Reading the Anglo-Saxon Gospels in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries by Kees Dekker

Laurence Nowell's Old English Glosses in Howlet's Abcedarium: In the Margins of Early Modern Lexicography by Rebecca Brackmann

Matthew Parker, Old English, and the Defense of Priestly Marriage by Aaron J Kleist

"Mine is Bigger Than Yours": The Anglo-Saxon Collections of Johannes de Laet (1581-1649) and Sir Simonds D'Ewes (1602-50) by Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr.



Thomas N. Hall, formerly at the University of Notre Dame, specializes in medieval religious literature, primarily from the Anglo-Saxon period.

Donald Scragg is Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Saxon Studies at the University of Manchester.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 198 pages
 234mm x 156mm

BIC Code:
 Medieval Institute Publications


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