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Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England

Jennifer Summit


In this book, libraries are more than inert storehouses of written tradition; they are volatile spaces that actively shape the meanings and uses of books, reading, and the past. Considering the two-hundred-year period between 1431, which saw the foundation of Duke Humfrey's famous library, and 1631, when the great antiquarian Sir Robert Cotton died, the book revises the history of the modern library by focusing on its origins in medieval and early modern England. The author argues that the medieval sources that survive in English collections are the product of a Reformation and post-Reformatio ... More

Keywords: library, Duke Humfrey, Sir Robert Cotton, medieval England, early modern England, Reformation, post-Reformation, books, libraries, antiquarian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226781716
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226781723.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Summit, author